ATLANTA - A 72-year-old woman was robbed on her front steps, and she said police believe the thief had followed her. The woman, who lives in the Ansley Park neighborhood in Atlanta had just been to the ATM.
The woman said it was just before noon Wednesday. It was raining. She was walking toward her porch when all of a sudden someone shoved her in the back, knocked her to the ground, wrenched her arm, grabbed the bag off her shoulder, and took off running.
"By the time I stood up and started screaming at them they were running across the neighbor's yard and up the street," said the woman who did not want her name used.
She said she didn't get a good look at him, just that he had a slight build and was fast.
"He had a gray rain jacket with a hood and ran like lightning," she said.
She said she felt like she had to do something, so she jumped in her car and searched the neighborhood for him while she called the police. Officers told her they believe the robber had followed her. She had just gone to the ATM and the grocery store at Ansley Mall less than a mile from her home.
Detectives are now hoping the thief was caught on surveillance either from cameras at Ansley Mall or in the neighborhood.
"We're going door to door to see if anyone has any surveillance video that captured the crime also seeking public's assistance from anyone who may have witnessed it or been in the area," said Atlanta Police Officer Donald Hannah.
The woman said as she was driving through her neighborhood hoping to find the crook, she knew exactly what she'd do if she spotted him.
"If I had seen him I would have come up right behind him and blast my horn to see if he'd drop the stuff."