PUNTA GORDA, Fla. -

Authorities in southwest Florida say a knife concealed in the handle of a comb was found in the purse of a woman going through courthouse security.

The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office says a deputy found the 3-inch blade hidden in the comb's handle after the knife showed up Tuesday morning on the Punta Gorda courthouse scanner.

The sheriff's office says the woman who owned the purse told deputies that she had been given the blade for protection because she lived in the woods. Kimberly Snyder of Punta Gorda was arrested on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon.

Jail records did not show whether Snyder had an attorney. She was being held Wednesday on $1,000 bond. Jail records show Snyder has had eight previous arrests on a variety of charges.