Police are reminding residents to stop walking and texting after a series of smartphone robberies hit the Richmond and Inner Sunset districts yesterday evening.
According to police, the first incident happened at about 4:46 p.m. on the 600 block of Clement Street. A 12-year-old girl was inside a store when another girl approached her and asked about her smartphone. The suspect tried to grab the phone out of her hand, and as the victim resisted, two more females jumped her and grabbed the phone.
The three suspects, all women between the ages of 16 and 24, fled the scene
About 45 minutes later, a 38-year-old woman walking along 23rd Avenue and Cabrillo Street in the Richmond neighborhood was robbed by the same three suspects, according to police.
The victim was allegedly walking down the street when two of the suspects approached her, grabbed her arms and held them while the third female reached into her pocket and stole her phone.
Twenty minutes later, the same three girls allegedly robbed a 21-year-old female of her smartphone, said Sgt. Daryl Fong. The woman was walking along 29th Avenue and Lincoln Way in the Sunset when one of the suspects came up to her and tried to take her phone out of her hand. The second suspect joined in, swinging a rubber rain boot at the victim. She missed, but still managed to grab the phone and run, police said.
The girls ran to a silver, four-door car that had been waiting for them; however, their getaway was short-lived. Police later arrested the girls and booked them into San Francisco County Jail.
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