CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A woman was arrested Thursday after a purse-snatching incident that happened Wednesday morning at the Kanawha City Bob Evans.
Sgt. Tony Hazelett, assistant chief of detectives for the Charleston Police Department, said Parma Bobbitt, 52, was taken into custody Thursday afternoon. Bobbitt bit a Charleston detective as she was arrested but did not cause any injury, said Lt. Steve Cooper, chief of detectives.
An elderly woman went to the restroom and left her purse at the table where she was eating with a friend about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Hazelett said. When she returned her purse was missing.
The female suspect, believed to be Bobbitt, was caught on video as she scouted out the restaurant, Hazelett said.Hazelett said police have not seen a spike in purse snatchings in the area. However, such crimes become more prevalent as the holiday shopping season approaches.