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Trio Allegedly Snatches Purse of Woman, 70

Bartow County authorities say two men followed a woman to her car in the parking lot of Walmart in Cartersville before taking her valuables and fleeing on foot. A woman arrested said she called a cab for the three.

Two teens allegedly snatched an elderly woman's purse Friday after following her out of the Walmart in Cartersville and into the parking.

Cops were called to Market Place about 6:30 p.m. where the victim, a Cartersville woman, 70, said two men snatched her purse from her shopping cart and ran. She had been approaching her car and heard footsteps as she opened her hatchback.

The victim yelled, and several people in the parking lot gave chase. But it was a caller from nearby apartments who tipped police to the trio's whereabouts.

The two men and a woman got into a cab and left, the caller reported. And police tracked to them to a nearby motel, where they had just checked in and were arrested.

Authorities identified them as Justin Rayshod Jones, 19, of Live Oak Run in Cartersville; Terrance Marcelle Arnold, 19, of Mableton; and Diane Christiane Gbadie, 21, of Stone Haven Circle in Cartersville.

While Jones and Arnold each said the other snatched the woman's purse,  Gbadie said she called the cab for the three, according to the police report, attached.

Surveillance footage showed all three suspects, but the two men allegedly follow the woman from the store, run up to her cart and snatch her purse.

None of the three said what happened to the purse or its contents. Each was charged with robbery by sudden snatching.

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Karen Jones January 06, 2013 at 01:58 PM
Walmart is "crime alley" in Cartersville. It is going to get to the point where if you are having to walk to your car by yourself, Walmart needs to provide an armed security officer to escort you to your car. That is why I do not go to Walmart by myself unless it is absolutely necessary. I try to avoid going there at all. I really feel sorry for this 70 year old woman, I know she must have been terrified. Walmart needs to do something about the crimes in their store & parking lot so people will feel safe when shopping.
steve January 06, 2013 at 02:46 PM
Cartersville is becoming a haven for crimes and drugs....shame
d1 January 25, 2013 at 03:02 AM
it definitely has changed, blacks are taking over

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