The man then entered the vehicle and drove off, the report says. Officers searched the area but were unable to find the car, the report says.
Officers were able to speak with witnesses at the scene who said they saw the suspect enter the vehicle and flee.
“(The woman) was visibly shaken up and complained of lower back/neck pain from being struck by the suspect,” the report says witnesses told police.
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Along with the car, the suspect stole hundreds of dollars worth of valuables from the woman, the report says. Those items include a purse, six to seven credit or debit cards, about $200, a checkbook, her iPhone and her groceries.
Authorities were contacted later Tuesday and alerted that one of the Visa cards had been used to make a purchase of about $200 at Rite Aid on South Limestone Street.
Springfield police recovered the vehicle a couple days later, but the family of the 73-year-old said the car was “trashed.”