Woman pleads not guilty in 'Granny Bandit' holdups

May 17, 2011 - 2:30 PM

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — A woman suspected of being the "Granny Bandit" and stealing purses from shoppers at gunpoint in Southern California has pleaded not guilty to four stickups.

The San Bernardino Sun says 50-year-old Dodi Wasbotten of Fontana entered the pleas Monday in San Bernardino County.

A thief dubbed the "Granny Bandit" robbed four women earlier this month outside department stores.

The nickname was based on descriptions of the robber as an older-looking woman, although she concealed her face with sunglasses and a scarf.

Wasbotten was arrested after her car was recognized as matching the description of the robber's getaway vehicle.

Authorities say Wasbotten is a grandmother and has a history of drug and alcohol use.

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Information from: The Sun, http://www.sbsun.com