THE WOODLANDS, Texas -

Three men were charged with robbery after deputies say they snatched a woman's purse off her arm as she was loading groceries into her car.

The crime happened Monday night in the parking lot of the Walmart on Sawdust Road near Grogans Mills Road in The Woodlands.

According to investigators, a witness to the robbery called 911 with the license plate number of the vehicle driven by the men accused of the crime.

A state trooper spotted the getaway car and took Fred Jones, Larry Robertson and Savon Highsmith, all 20, into custody.

The trooper found the woman's purse inside the car, investigators say.