Police: Scooter thief uses dog to knock rider over

A thief allegedly used his dog as a weapon to steal a scooter from an unsuspecting rider in San Francisco on Monday, according to police.

The victim, a 22-year-old man, was riding his scooter on Larkin Street across from Hemlock Hemlock street in the evening when the suspect yelled at him, according to Officer Robert Rueca, a police spokesperson.

“The victim just continued on his way and the next thing you know he realized the dog was running after the victim and eventually started biting his leg,” Rueca said, adding that it prompted the man to hop off his ride.

Rueca said the suspect then caught up with his dog and the victim, picked up the scooter and rode away with the dog following behind on a leash.

Though San Francisco streets have been covered in rental scooters as of late, Rueca said the man owned the scooter.

Police did not provide a detailed description of the suspected scooter thief.

“The dog is described as a black and brown mix type of dog but there is no specific breed or any kind of identifying feature,” Rueca said.

mbarba@sfexaminer.com

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