Woman robbed while sitting in car

By Melissa Correa - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Tuesday morning a guy reaches into a woman's car as she's withdrawing cash. As he's holding on to her shirt collar, he snatches the cash from her hand and demands she withdraw even more.

"In this day and time it doesn't shock me. It's sad. But there are a lot of desperate people out here," said Regina Watson.

Police say it happened just after 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. No weapons were involved. The man took off on foot. Right now, police aren't releasing a description.

"It's scary that would be taking place that time of day," said driver Debby Ward.

Ward tries to keep something in her car that she can use as a weapon, but says she's not prepared.

"I think about my own kids and hope that they prepare and I don't think about myself, no," Ward said.

Whether you're in your vehicle or not, police say take a good look around before you withdraw cash, because you never know whose watching.

"You want to pay close attention to where you're at, what you're doing. Don't become distracted with the cell phone or the radio, something like that," suggests Chesterfield Police Corporal Mike Catron.

Corporal Catron says don't be in a hurry and if you have to go out while it's still dark, pick spots that are well lit.

"The goal of a robbery is twofold: number one no injuries," said Catron.

Number two: get out of there as fast as possible, and call police with identifying markers like tattoos, or a vehicle type. And with the return of daylight standard time fast approaching, adjust to shorter days and longer nights.

If you've got information on this crime call Crime Solvers at 748-0660.

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