Pala Alta police are looking for a woman suspected of trying to steal from an elderly woman her valuables on Saturday.
Police say an elderly victim of the 80s used to walk near Channing Avenue and Middlefield Road around 4pm on May 14 when a large black four-door sedan drove up next to her and a passenger asked her way.
The passenger then got out of the car and told the woman that she reminded her of her mother, and asked if she could give her mother’s jewelry. The suspect removed the woman’s hand from the walker she was using and put a bracelet on the victim’s wrist, police said.
The suspect then tried to remove the wedding ring from the victim, but he did not move. According to police, the suspect pulled hard, but the ring remained on the woman’s finger. The suspect then jumped into the car, and the car took off at high speed east on Channing.
An elderly woman who did not have a mobile phone continued to go home, and a family member called authorities. The victim received bruises as a result of an attempted robbery, police said.
The victim described the suspect as a woman of unknown race and age, about 5 feet 4 inches tall, medium complexion and dark black hair in a bun. The man who was driving the car was described with dark hair and a dark mustache.
Police say there have been no such crimes since the unsolved case in October 2021, when an elderly woman tore two necklaces from her neck. Detectives are finding out whether there is a connection between the two cases or similar crimes in other cities, police said.
Anyone with information about this or another similar crime is asked to call the 24-hour Pala Alta Police Dispatch Center at (650) 329-2413. Anonymous tips can be sent via email [email protected]