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Man Hospitalized After Alleged Camera Thieves Run Him Over at San Francisco's Twin Peaks

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    A man taking pictures at San Francisco's Twin Peaks was hospitalized Thursday after two thieves stole his camera and then ran him over when he tried to stop their car. Christie Smith reports. (Published Friday, Feb. 3, 2017)

    San Francisco police are investigating a bold robbery at scenic Twin Peaks during which a man not only lost his camera, but was also run over by a car while fighting to get his property back.

    The crime was reported to police at about 6:50 p.m. at Christmas Tree Point Road.

    A man in his 20s was taking pictures when another man came up from behind him and snatched his camera, its bag and other photography equipment, according to police.

    The suspect then ran into a waiting car driven by another man. The victim chased the suspect and ran in front of the suspect car in an attempt to stop them.

    Instead of stopping, the driver ran over the victim and the pair drove off.

    The victim was taken to the hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening, police said.

    But police say that victims, although motivated to recover their stolen property, should not risk their lives.

    "Safety is the number one priority," said police spokeswoman Giselle Talkoff. "If someone robs you or takes your stuff, let it go and make sure you're safe, and call police and we can go after the suspects."

    Officers were unable to locate the suspects, both described as being in their 20s. A description of the suspect vehicle was not immediately available.

    Although robberies don’t happen frequently in the area, police say car break-ins are common. Officers are patrolling the area more frequently and the department has bolstered its police presence at the scene.

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