Woman, 65, Steals Taxi, Picks Up Mother & 10-Month-Old: PD

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A woman with a limp who asked to be taken to a Philadelphia casino turned from taxi passenger to cabbie overnight in what investigators call “a bizarre story.”

“It’s a pretty unusual job to steal a cab and then start picking up passengers like you’re a cab driver,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like that before, it’s definitely a bizarre story.”

A Freedom Taxi driver picked up a 65-year-old woman on E Maryland Street in Germantown and began to take her to SugarHouse Casino along the Delaware River.

En route, the woman asked to be stop for water at a gas station at Broad Street and Hunting Park Avenue in the Hunting Park neighborhood just after midnight Thursday, Small said.

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As the woman got out, the driver also got out to assist since he noticed a limp in her step when he picked her up, Small said.

“The cabdriver was nice enough to help her out,” Small said. “At some point the female was able to jump into the driver seat of the cab and take off, stealing the cab.” 

About 30 minutes later, 25th District officers spotted the cab just outside their headquarters along Whitaker Avenue in Hunting Park. When police stopped the car they found a 23-year-old woman and her 10-month-old daughter in the back seat – the passenger had no idea it was a stolen cab, investigators said.

The suspected car thief had picked up the 23-year-old and her baby as a fare a few blocks from where the faux cabbie stole the taxi.

“She not only stole the cab but was then acting as a cabdriver and picking up passengers,” Small said.

The cabbie later identified his cab and the fare-turned-driver, Small said.

The unidentified woman faces car theft charges, police said.

No one was hurt.

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