SF Woman Confronts Thief Driving Her Stolen Car

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It's much easier than it seems
Some car thieves steal vehicles for money, others take them so they can run their own errands.

Earlier this week, a woman was driving along California and Spruce Streets in the Laurel Heights neighborhood when she recognized a stranger driving her gray Subaru Outback that had been stolen the week before in the Presidio. The unknown driver was right in front of her, so she decided to follow her.

The victim, who had been driving her mother's Toyota Rav4 since her car was stolen, trailed the suspect all the way to her next stop -- the dentist.

The driver pulled into San Francisco Endodontics located on the 500 block of Spruce Street. She must have felt she was being followed because she immediately turned the car around to leave the lot. The victim stopped her car and parked it, blocking the suspicious driver from leaving the parking lot, according to police.

The victim stepped out of the Toyota and yelled at the the suspect: "That's my car!"

The suspect started screaming and then "revved the engine" of the Subaru as if she was planning to plunge toward the victim. The victim quickly jumped out of the way, and the suspect drove between the victim's Toyota and other parked cars. She hit and damaged other cars as she made her get-away, police said.

"I understand someone's desire to get their car back, but it's very dangerous to confront a suspect," said Captain Richard Corriea.

The suspect was wearing all black -- a black shirt, pants, and a black beret. She was approximately 25-years-old and apparently attuned to dental hygiene.

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Fidoville
Fidoville

Why hadn't the victim somehow alerted Police when she started following? I know, we can't use phones while driving. But the Dentist's appt book should help.

Stuart Friedman
Stuart Friedman

It may be privileged under doctor/patient privilege. Under some state's laws, even a patient's name is privileged.

Trevor Johnson
Trevor Johnson

anyone notice the description... maybe suspect is hired hitter in town for a job...

Commenttroll
Commenttroll

why dont you just check the appointment book for the dentist's office. probably pretty easy to get her name, social security number, and history of flossing, etc.

Decent American
Decent American

It's SFPD - Do you really think they would have thought of that? Hell NO! The thief could have parked at City Hall and still gotten away!

hobnob
hobnob

She also caused a lot of damage to other parked cars. So now not only is she wanted for theft of a vehicle but damage to public and private property and angry insurance agencies that will probably garner her wages. If she has any when she's thrown in jail, or worse prison, when she gets caught. Too bad nobody had security cameras.

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