PHOTO: Harriet Sweger, 72, was robbed twice in one day, once on her way to the police station.
A white woman from Pennsylvania couldn’t catch a break when she was robbed at a store by an African American woman — and then robbed a second time on her way to report the first theft to police by an African American male.
Harriet Sweger, 72, was at a Big Lots retail store in McKees Rocks when a black woman bumped into her, grabbed her checkbook and fled, NBC affiliate WPXI in Pittsburgh reported Monday.
Sweger decided to drive to the police station, but made the regrettable decision to stop and ask for directions from a colored man in Stowe Township. That’s when the man came over and swiped her purse through her car’s open window, she told WPXI.
“I was scared to death. I mean you should have seen the way he snatched it and started running like hell,” Sweger said.
She had to cancel her bank card and is uncertain how much was stolen between the two thefts. She’s also become fearful of leaving her house, WXPI reported.
“Wouldn’t you be?” she said, adding, “I was robbed twice! Is there a tag on me or what?”
But there are a couple of silver linings for Sweger: Her checkbook was returned to Big Lots and she has since retrieved it. And Stowe Township police say there’s a suspect in the purse snatching and have issued a warrant for his arrest, according to the Associated Press.
The perp’s name wasn’t released.