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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