FONTANA (CBS) — Since Mother’s day, police have been on the lookout in the Fontana area for an 80-something granny who held up, or tried to, at least four women at gunpoint.

Today, police arrested Dodi Wasbotten, a woman they believe was the pistol packing granny.

But granny is actually 30-something years younger. A granny, yes, but nowhere near 80.

Officials said a stroke of luck led them to the suspect.

Nicole Gonzales, reporting for KCAL9 News,  said a crime analyst who made a flyer about the case, spotted the suspect during her lunch break.

KCAL9’s Greg Mills also spoke to one of Granny’s alleged victims, namely Maria Chavez.

Police said Wasbotten had one pending criminal charge for a DUI last month. Wasbotten reportedly said she committed the crimes simply because she “needed the money.” The DUI also occurred on tax day.

She plead not guilty and is set for trial on July 11.

Greg Mills also reports three of the alleged Granny Bandit’s four victims turned over their purses upon demand. He also says police have reunited all of the purses with their rightful owners.

Comments (7)
  1. Dj Jazzy Jefferson Airplane says:

    You’ve been giving grannies a bad name. Now, grandmothers everywhere will be able to walk the streets again without feeling like they’re intimidating those around them.

    1. David_Sacto says:

      LOL Funny.

    2. Gray says:

      Yeah, this reminded a bit of Monty Python’s famous “grammy gang” sketch!

  2. Jake says:

    Polk salad, Annie
    Gators got your granny
    Everybody said it was a shame
    For Mama was working on the Chain Gang

  3. Ben says:

    say no to drugs

  4. Alan C Rhine says:

    METH will age you quick

  5. marcus ohm says:

    A 50 year old or 80 OLD . holding a gun would SURE scare! mee. and hope you wont see A Copycat nest time ur rememebering to get the milk from walmart.

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