A smash-and-grab thief pilfered a car with a woman still inside and then made off with a purse full of valuables, San Francisco police say.
The victim, 47-year-old Dawn Mitchell, said the purse held a laptop, cellphone and wallet with her ID—a combined value of $3,000 gone in an instant. But the loss mounted over the next 30 minutes, Mitchell said, when someone charged $1,400 to her stolen credit cards before she could cancel them.
"[The suspect] came over and looked in," Mitchell said. "I figured he'd leave when he saw me in the car—but no."
Police said they responded around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday to a reported car burglary at Leland Avenue and Desmond Street, where Mitchell described how a man shattered her passenger window and reached for her purse.
Mitchell said the break-in happened while she was parked outside of the U.S. Post Office at 68 Leland Ave. and gathering her things before heading inside to mail some packages.
A struggle ensued, Mitchell said, until the man finally wrested the purse from her grasp and then fled to a white hatchback that peeled out of the parking lot.
Mitchell said the suspect was about 6 feet tall and wore a black hoodie.
When she returned to the same post office the next day, she said she felt gripped by anxiety.
"Going out I was like, 'Oh, do I really want to go there again?'" she told The Standard.
The incident left her physically unscathed.
Police say they have yet to make an arrest.
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