Woman Stole, Crashed Car 3 Times Then Fled On Foot: Miami Police

Miami Police looking for woman who crashed stolen car three times before fleeing on foot.

Monday, Sep 23, 2013  |  Updated 9:46 PM EDT
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Miami Police are looking for a woman who stole a car and crashed it three times before fleeing on foot with the victim's purse Monday morning. The car ultimately crashed in the backyard of Eladia Vila, who spoke about the case, as did Rene Pimentel of the Miami Police.

Miami Police are looking for a woman who stole a car and crashed it three times before fleeing on foot with the victim's purse Monday morning. The car ultimately crashed in the backyard of Eladia Vila, who spoke about the case, as did Rene Pimentel of the Miami Police.

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Miami Police are looking for a woman who stole a car and crashed it three times before fleeing on foot with the victim's purse Monday morning.

The robbery happened outside the Sedano's at 2425 Southwest 8th Street as the victim, a Sedano's employee in her 60s, was sitting in her car, police said.

"She looks disoriented or perhaps intoxicated," Rene Pimentel of the Miami Police said of the suspect, who was recorded on surveillance video inside the store. "Minutes later she walks out and engages a female, who is actually a cashier."

Police said the suspect tapped on the woman's window and told her she had a flat tire. When the woman went to check the tire, the suspect got into the car and took off.

The female suspect drove a few hundred feet from the store when she got into an accident, as the victim chased her on foot, police said. The suspect started driving again but got into a second crash after driving a few hundred yards.

The victim was able to catch up to the woman and the two began to struggle. The suspect was once again able to drive away but crashed the car a third time at Southwest 28th Avenue and 2nd Street, police said.

The car ended up in the backyard of Eladia Vilia, who said she felt lucky that no one was hurt in the crash.

When the victim and suspect started to struggle again, the suspect broke free and fled with the woman's purse, police said.

Police established a perimeter to search for the woman but weren't able to find her. They described her as a Latin female in her 40s about 150 pounds, who was wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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