Rash of ruthless robberies in San Francisco on Tuesday 

There were four violent robberies Tuesday, cops said.

700 block of Van Ness Avenue
8 p.m.

A 27-year-old clerk at a store caught a man in his 30s trying to steal something, police said. The thief brandished a knife and fled with the store’s property.

200 block of Granada Avenue
10:25 p.m.

A 57-year-old woman was knocked to the ground during a purse-snatching, cops said. The unknown suspect snuck up behind the victim and pulled her purse from her left arm, causing her to fall. The hoodlum fled with the purse.

400 block of Powell Street
11 p.m.

A 46-year-old woman was robbed of her purse by a man in his 30s, cops said. The victim was sitting on her purse in a chair when the thug grabbed it from behind. A struggle ensued but the brute fled with the victim’s bag in an uknown direction, police said.

O’Farrell and Leavenworth streets
11:10 p.m.

A 45-year-old man was pickpocketed by a man in his 30s, police said. The thief reached into the victim’s pocket, grabbed his wallet and began to pull cash out of it. The victim and the suspect struggled over the wallet. The thief simulated having a gun and fled the scene with the cash.

rnagle@sfexaminer.com

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