SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — An 8-year-old girl selling candy inside a store in San Francisco’s Western Addition neighborhood was robbed Monday by a woman who said she needed money for a bus fare, police said.
The girl was selling candy to benefit their school with other children inside a store near Divisadero and Eddy streets around 1:45 p.m. Monday.
When the other children went outside the store and left the 8-year-old with the money, a woman came up and asked for change so she could get on the bus, according to police.
The store’s owner said the woman had been inside the store previously. Surveillance footage showed the woman staring at the children’s money near the counter as she tried to purchase a single beer.
The girl was about to give the woman change when the suspect grabbed her arm and twisted it, causing the girl to drop her bag of money, police said.
“She come in to buy a beer, but she didn’t have enough money. She took that change and she left,” the store owner said.
The woman, described as being between 40 and 50 years old, then grabbed the bag and fled onto a nearby bus. She had not been found as of this morning, according to police.
The girl was not injured in the robbery, police said.
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