OAKLAND -- A woman whose ill-gotten gain was short lived is being sought by police for robbing an 82-year-old man of a small amount of cash March 28 before being forced to return it by two Good Samaritans, one of whom took her picture that investigators have released.

The man was not hurt.

The strong-arm robbery happened about 7:15 p.m. March 28 in the area of Coolidge and Brookdale avenues in East Oakland. Police said the woman approached the man as he was walking home and took a small sum of cash from him by force before walking away.

The robbery was witnessed by a woman and a man who followed and confronted the woman, got the stolen money from her and returned it to the victim. One of them also took a cell phone photo of the suspect as she fled, which police released Wednesday. Their names were not released.

Police say a good Samaritan who witnessed a March 28 robbery tracked down the robber and recovered the money she stole from an 82-year-old man. Another
Police say a good Samaritan who witnessed a March 28 robbery tracked down the robber and recovered the money she stole from an 82-year-old man. Another witness used their phone to take this photo of the robber. ((Oakland Police Department))

The suspect is described as black or Hispanic, between 40 and 50 years old and between 150 and 180 pounds.

Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $1,000 in reward money for information leading to the woman's arrest. Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3326 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.