Shoplifter bites clerk that tries to stop her 

This savage woman misinterpreted the phrase, “Take a bite out of crime.”

A shoplifter bit into a clerk’s hand while fleeing a store in the South of Market district Wednesday, police said.

The crook, a woman in her late 30s or early 40s, and an accomplice, shoplifted shoes, sunglasses and several pairs of jeans from the Gar May Garment shop at 1118 Howard St. around 7 p.m., according to police and the victim.

The clerk, a 22-year-old woman, tried to stop the shoplifters. But one of the thieves “fought and bit” her before fleeing across Howard Street, police said. As of Thursday morning, there had been no arrests in the case.

"I was bit on the right hand," the clerk told The San Francisco Examiner on condition of anonymity. "There are some scratches [on the hand], and some bruises on the elbows."

The store clerk was treated for her wounds at the scene, police said.

Despite the injuries, the clerk said she was able to recover stolen jeans and sunglasses. The second suspect made off with the shoes, the clerk said. Shopkeepers are still probing their inventory for more lost items.

The clerk said the two crooks had cased her shop on Tuesday. They asked her about the store's products, including shoe sizes, before returning Wednesday, she said. While one of the crooks was buying a lottery ticket, the other was busy shoplifting, she said. A customer made the clerk aware of the shoplifters, she said.

The clerk confronted the suspect when she left the store walking "very funny, holding her arms tight to her clothes."

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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