VALDOSTA -- A Nichols woman who allegedly tried to snatch an undetermined amount of cash and checks from a Valdosta wig shop on Friday was arrested at the scene after a brief struggle with the shop employees.

Barbara Landers, 33, was reportedly charged with theft by sudden snatching and assault in connection with the incident occurring at about 4:30 p.m. at Tokyo Wigs on Patterson Street in downtown Valdosta.

"Two clerks in the business spotted her," said Lt. Brian Childress, Valdosta Police Department spokesman, adding a confrontation unfolded after the store's owner secured the back door and confronted Landers, who was unarmed.

Childress said Landers had tried to reach into a cash box containing a "large" amount of cash when she was spotted by employees who confronted her.

"There was a minor fight at which time the offender assaulted one of the clerks," said Childress.

Childress said a police officer was in the vicinity, and responded to the call within 30 to 40 seconds. The officer reportedly intercepted Landers as she tried to flee.

"When she tried going out the front door, we were there," said Childress.

The business remained open for business after the incident.

To contact reporter Peter Failor, please call 244-3400, ext. 247.

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