A woman snatched a man’s legally concealed weapon and stole his wallet while the two were waiting in line at a Denison gas station Sunday night. Police eventually arrested the woman, Bobbie Renee Kelly, 36, of Tom Bean, for aggravated robbery.

A woman snatched a man’s legally concealed weapon and stole his wallet while the two were waiting in line at a Denison gas station Sunday night. Police eventually arrested the woman, Bobbie Renee Kelly, 36, of Tom Bean, for aggravated robbery.


The man, who is licensed to carry a handgun, was inside the Valero gas station at 1420 S. Austin Ave. With his wallet in-hand, the man walked up to the store counter to purchase an item at about 10:50 p.m. A 36-year-old woman came up behind him and saw the outline of a handgun tucked beneath his shirt. Denison Police Det. Tom Unerfusser said she lifted his shirt, unholstered the weapon and pointed it at the man.


"‘Hey lady, it’s loaded — there’s one in the chamber; you need to give it back,’" Unerfusser said was the man’s response. "And then he stepped towards her to get it, and apparently she kind of poked at him and hit him in the chin."


The woman struck the man with the barrel end of the gun, then slapped the wallet out of his hand. She stepped on top of wallet to prevent the man from retrieving it. At this time, the clerk came around the counter and attempted to help the man. Unerfusser said they were going to try to wrestle the weapon from the woman.


"She picked up the wallet, stepped back and turned and ran," Unerfusser said. "… How the gun didn’t go off in all of this — I’m not sure."


The woman fled the store with the wallet and gun, but she left behind a personal item. Police responded to the scene and found the woman’s purse on top of the store counter. Police were able to identify the woman from the contents of the purse, and Unerfusser said she was found fairly quickly with the wallet still in her hand. Nothing was missing from the man’s wallet, but the woman had tossed the firearm. The woman showed police the location of the weapon, and the gun was retrieved.


"Nobody else had access to the gun, or handled it," Unerfusser said. "No kids touched it. It was all recovered, and she went to jail."