An eastern Kanawha County couple accused of stealing purses in Kanawha City pleaded not guilty to grand larceny and credit card fraud charges.
Parma Jo Bobbitt, 52, and Mistie Garrett, 39, both of East Bank, appeared before Kanawha County Circuit Judge Tod Kaufman for arraignment Thursday.
They were indicted by a grand jury Oct. 24 on multiple counts of grand larceny, credit card fraud, transferring and receiving stolen property and petty larceny.
Bobbitt and Garrett were arrested in September after allegedly stealing an elderly woman's purse at the Kanawha City Bob Evans.
An elderly woman having brunch with a friend left her purse at the table when she went to the restroom, only to find the purse missing when she returned, Charleston detectives said.
The female suspect, believed to be Bobbitt, was caught on video as she scoped out the restaurant. Garrett was waiting in the vehicle and helped retrieve cash and credit cards from the purse and then discarded it, detectives said.
Bobbitt and Garrett were released on bond shortly after their arrests. Kaufman ordered both women to home confinement until their trial.
Separate trials will be held Jan. 13.