OAKLAND -- A 92-year-old woman was walking Wednesday morning in East Oakland when a thief snatched her change purse from her hand, police said.
The woman was not physically injured but was left emotionally shaken.
The theft happened about 11:45 a.m. Wednesday in the 2600 block of 23rd Avenue, not far from the retirement home where the woman lives.
She was walking with another woman, a 74-year-old friend, when a car pulled up alongside them. A man got out and grabbed the woman's wallet from her hand before jumping back in the car, which was driven by another person, police said.
The other woman did not lose anything.
The victim, who did not want her name used, said the theft "happened so fast" she didn't have time to be scared.
"I was just out walking. I do it almost every day and this has not happened before," she said. "It was just a little change purse with about $15 or $20, but it had all my identification and some credit cards. It was everything that I had."
The woman, a widow, said she moved to Oakland about six months ago from Southern California to be closer to her daughter.
She does not know if she will continue her walks.
"I don't know what I'm going to do. I didn't get hurt, but I did," she said. "What he did to me was horrible. I just thought I could take a walk."
Police had only a vague description of the thief. As much as $1,500 in reward money is being offered by police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland for information leading to the arrest of the thief. Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3326 or a tip line at 510-773-2805.