Volvo Driver Accused of Armed Robbery

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Crime on wheels?
Volvo -- the biggest business in Sweden that isn't ABBA or IKEA -- has made its name on safety. Following an incident yesterday afternoon, however, San Franciscans are left to wonder: Safety for whom?

A silver 2006 Volvo SUV -- license plate 5VXY807 for the eagle-eyed -- pulled behind a man loading property into his car at around 2:15 Tuesday afternoon in the 1700 block of Van Ness. The driver hopped out of the Volvo, brandished a handgun, and made off with the hapless man's video camera. The thief then sped away in the silver Volvo.

While the robber's choice of vehicle would, in retrospect, be a wise one if his getaway was compromised by a three-car pileup, it also made him "very distinguishable," in the words of Officer Albie Esparza. Violent offenses committed by Volvo drivers are "very rare," he continued -- even in this Volvo-friendly city. It's not every day you see someone "in a late-model Volvo committing crimes."

The San Francisco Police spokesman said there's no word yet on whether the Volvo was stolen (the plates were, however). But, regardless, he's a fan of the brand.

"Oh, they're very safe cars," he said. "Very safe."

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