Palo Alto police are investigating a robbery in which a man ripped a gold necklace from a woman's neck, according to a police department press release.
Police said the robbery occurred just after 6 p.m. Thursday in the 4000 block of Wilkie Way, north of the intersection at West Meadow Drive.
Investigators said the victim, a woman in her 40s, was walking north on the east sidewalk when the man ran up behind her, grabbed her around the neck, ripped her gold necklace off, and pushed her to the ground. The man continued to run north on Wilkie, towards Maclane Street.
The woman called police, but officers were not able to locate the thief.
The man, who did not speak to the woman or have a weapon, is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall with a muscular build. He was wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt. No sketch of him is available, police said.
The victim suffered an abrasion on her neck caused by the removal of the chain, but she didn't require medical attention, police said.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.