FONTANA (CBS) — Police say the woman believed to be an elderly armed robber, suspected of holding up Southern California women at gunpoint was arrested Wednesday.

KNX 1070’s Ed MErtz reports.

Dodi Wasbotten, 51, was accused of being the Granny Bandit. (credit: CBS)

Fontana police say the woman was arrested sometime between 1 p.m. and 1:30p.m. near the 15 Freeway. Authorities interviewed the suspect that afternoon, but won’t say if the woman was arrested during the commission of a crime.

The suspect was later identified as 51-year-old Dodi Wasbotten.

Earlier Wednesday, Fontana police said a robber dressed in a baggy dress with a colorful scarf around her head stole a woman’s purse outside of a Target store.

Officials said that a woman and her child were in the parking lot at about 9:45 a.m. when the woman robbed her and drove away.

She staged a failed purse holdup on Tuesday and two successful heists on Sunday and Monday outside stores, authorities said.

Comments (12)
  1. white says:


  2. Mr. V says:

    Even sweet old grannies can kill when they are pointing a loaded gun at you…then they are not so cute, and are slimebags just like any other armed robber.

  3. California will be part of Mexico by 2025 says:

    She was once young too. So if her criminal activities started at a young age, it’ll eventually catch up to ’em later on too.

    Her Social Security checks probably not enough to buy food/rent/bills.

    Only 20% of Americans have some sort of savings, the other 80%? I feel sorry for the other 80% of Americans..

  4. ILLEGALS says:

    She became too desperate & predictable to rob people on a daily basis.

  5. Bite Me says:

    At 51, she’s a long ways from retirement. No Social Security anytime soon.

  6. kgoddess says:

    51 is “elderly”?? Middle-aged is more like it

  7. Ilookgr8 says:

    I am a 51 year old women and don’t look like as old as the women arrested!

  8. i See! says:

    Damn illegal immigrants!

    Send her back to Mexico!

    With a name like “Dodi Wasbotten”, you know she crossed the border illegally!

  9. i See! says:


    Lets see how good looking you are sweetie

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