EXCLUSIVE: Video shows thief smash car window, rob driver stuck in Oakland traffic

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- Brazen video out of Oakland shows the moments a woman robbed and her car broken into while driving along Broadway in the middle of the day.

Surveillance video used in The Oakland Police Department's investigation of the incident shows a man jump out of a white sedan and attempt to break the woman's passenger side window. He then smashes the back passenger side window and climbs inside to steal her purse and backpack.

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The woman was understandably shaken, even several days following the incident which happened before the 22nd St. intersection after she left a nearby bank.

She did not want to go on camera but said during a phone call with ABC7 News, she thought she was going to be killed.

"I was yelling and looking at him and we made eye contact," said the victim.

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Though law enforcement sources say this is kind of break-in seems unusual it's not the first time we've seen break-ins and robberies while driving.

Back in February, two real estate photographers were targeted while approaching an on-ramp in San Francisco. They had just left a photoshoot.

Oakland police say they've seen a 115% increase in armed carjackings this year compared to last. Police are using this video in their investigation and ask anyone with information to come forward.

WATCH: Video shows driver robbed while in San Francisco traffic
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A thief jumps out of its vehicle, smashes a window and robs a driver while in traffic in San Francisco.



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