There is never a shortage of odd crimes in San Francisco (see the naked BART acrobat or the spattering of poisoned meatballs left out for dogs), but the latest addition has some people wondering if city streets have taken a cruel turn.
The corner of Divisadero and Eddy Streets became a crime scene Monday afternoon as a group of schoolchildren sold candy outside of a small grocery store. According to the police, one of the children was robbed of an undisclosed amount of money when her two friends stepped away and a woman asking for change approached her.
The store’s owner told reporters that the woman had come in for a $1.25 can of beer but didn’t have enough cash. That’s when she supposedly left the store, approached the eight-year-old girl, and asked to make change for the bus. When the girl, whose name has not been given out, reached in her clear change bag, the woman is said to have grabbed her arm and twisted it until the child dropped the bag of money. The woman grabbed the cash and ran onto an approaching 24-line Muni bus.
The three children told customers they were selling candy for a school fundraiser, although it is unclear why they were fundraising during the summer vacation period.
The heartless act has neighborhood residents searching for the suspect, who is still on the loose. According to security camera footage, she is estimated to be between 40-50 years old, African-American, and was wearing a black shirt and orange skirt at the time of the incident.