A St. Louis Park woman shopping for a Christmas tree in the Knollwood Mall parking lot was robbed of her wallet on Dec. 11 by a man who drove off in a silver SUV.
The woman was waiting for the tree lot staff member to load her tree onto the roof of her car when a man approached her to ask for a cigarette.
She described the man as a white 50-something, about 5-foot-4, with a “scruffy” face, wearing a waist-length black coat and a black knit cap.
When, she told him she didn’t have a cigarette, he asked for a lighter. When she told him she didn’t have a lighter, he grabbed her wallet.
The man then dashed to his SUV and shut the door.
The victim pursued him, yelling, “No,” and opening the door. She heard a woman inside tell the man to stop before the man used his foot to kick her out of the SUV.The woman noted the first three numbers of the SUV’s license plate, but police could find no matching vehicles in the state registry.