'Jacket Lady' returns to buy more winter coats despite troubles from Mexican border agents

Florence Murphy finds allies in local nuns

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The "Jacket Lady" was back in action Tuesday despite sore memories of losing all of her jackets at the U.S.-Mexican border last year.

For the seventh year in a row, Florence Murphy purchased jackets at the Mission Valley Macy's during the store's annual One Day Jacket sale.

This year, she bought 87 winter jackets valued at more than $7,000 for only $1,500. Murphy's daughter and son-in-law donated all the money to buy the jackets.

Murphy in turn donated them directly to St. Charles Caritas in the South Bay, an organization that oversees seven orphanages.

It was a good solution for Murphy, who lost 60 jackets to Mexican border agents last year. 

Murphy's charity partner, Paul Cecil, drove the jackets to a Tijuana orphanage every year. In 2012, Mexican border agents stopped him at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. The Mexican consulate told 10News at the time Cecil did not declare the jackets properly and seized all of them. No one has seen the jackets since.

"I tried so hard to get them back," said Murphy while shopping at Macy’s, which has grown accustomed to the "Jacket Lady's" annual pilgrimage to the store.

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