"Hugging Bandit" Pleads Not Guilty

December 20, 2012 Updated Oct 11, 2013 at 6:23 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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December 20, 2012 Updated Oct 11, 2013 at 6:23 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW-TV) - Buffalo resident Myra Castleberry plead not guilty in court Thursday afternoon. Castleberry is accused of stealing a 35-year-old man's wallet in Buffalo's Allentown neighborhood back on July 22.

During court, Castleberry's attorney Laura El-Bahtity said she believes this is a case based solely on identification.

"My client was picked out of a single photo that was shown to the complainant one photo and that was at least a month and a half after the alleged incident," said El-Bahtity in front of Judge Penny Wolfgang.

Castleberry is no stranger to court system. She has 59 prior misdemeanor arrests and 6 felony convictions. Castleberry has been arrested for "hugging" or distracting intoxicated men in the city's entertainment district and then picking their pockets.

If convicted Castleberry faces a maximum sentence of 2 to 4 years behind bars. She is expected back in court at a later date.