A woman walking her dogs in Mirarmar on Thursday encountered a man who broke her windshield and stole her cellphone, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office said.

According to social media reports, the woman struck up a conversation with the stranger about her dogs as she returned to her car. After she loaded the dogs into her car, the man used a tire iron to smash her windshield. She said he took her cellphone, according to the account posted online.

Sheriff's Office spokesman Eamonn Allen said deputies took the woman’s statement and got a description of the man. The Sheriff’s Office has identified a suspect but had not made an arrest as of Monday, Allen said.

August Howell is a staff writer for the Review covering city government and public safety. Previously, he was the Review’s community, arts and sports reporter. He studied journalism at the University of Oregon.

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Cid Young

Golly! This story has been "massaged" since I initially read a first-person account on NEXTDOOR. At that time, she said he grabbed her phone as she tried to call 911 and smashed her windows with a pocket "billyclub", not a tire-iron. The couple had a brief conversation with her while on the beach as she was walking someone else's dog (not her own) but then waited for her back up on the highway as she was returning to her vehicle, where they confronted her a second time. SHE WAS VERY RATYLED AT THE TIME OF THE INCIDENT. I do not know why the headline read "robbery" when it was more of a verbal altercation that lead into a viscous attack and deliberate vandalizing of her vehicle.

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