Serial Smartphone Robbers Use Rubber Boot to Steal Phone

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.

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