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UPDATE: Trial Date Set for Alleged Purse Thieves

By: Anna Baxter; Amanda Barren Email
By: Anna Baxter; Amanda Barren Email

UPDATE 10/31/13 @ 4:40 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two women have pleaded not guilty to charges after police say surveillance video showed they were involved in a purse snatching.

Parma Jo Bobbitt and Mistie Garrett were in court Thursday in Kanawha County.

They both pleaded not guilty to grand larceny.

Charleston Police say in September, Bobbitt stole a woman's purse from a restaurant in Kanawha City.

The restaurant's surveillance camera caught her walking out the door with the bag.

Police say she was also caught on surveillance camera using a credit card from the purse at a convenience store in Marmet.

Police say when they went to the store to pick up the surveillance video the next day, Bobbitt was parked in her car in the parking lot.

They say when they tried to arrest her, she turned on the ignition. When an officer tried to turn the ignition off, they say she bit him.

Police say Garrett was waiting in the parking lot at the restaurant after the robbery and helped get the money and credit card out of the purse, and dispose of the purse.

The women are scheduled to go to trial January 13.

Both women are out of jail and on home confinement.

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ORIGINAL STORY 9/12/13 @ 12 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A woman was arrested and charged in connection with two purse snatchings in the Kanawha Valley.

Charleston Police tell WSAZ.com Parma Bobbitt, 52, took a woman's purse while she was eating at a restaurant in Kanawha City Wednesday. The restaurant's surveillance camera caught her walking out the door with the bag.

Then, just hours later police say Bobbitt was caught on a surveillance camera evening using a stolen credit card at a convenience store in Marmet. When police went to the store Thursday morning to pick up the surveillance video, police say Bobbitt was actually there in a parked car. The officer says when he tried to arrest her, she started the ignition.

That's when the officer tried to turn the ignition off and Bobbitt bit his arm, according to investigators.

Bobbit was taken into custody and arraigned in magistrate court Thursday afternoon.

Charleston Police also charged her with a similar purse snatching incident that happened at the Kanawha City Applebee's last week.

According to the criminal complaint Bobbit used a credit card and checks at a gas station and a grocery store in the Eastern Part of Kanawha County.

Also charged in connection to the Bob Evan's incident is Mistie Garrett.

Police say she was in the car at Bob Evan's waiting for Bobbit on Wednesday. She helped get the cash and credit card out of the victim's purse and then threw the bag away.

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