Woman thwarts Athens car break-in

A woman reported Sunday night that she scared away a thief who shattered her car’s window while the vehicle was parked at Olive Garden on Atlanta Highway, Athens-Clarke County police said. The startled white male left without taking the purse that was in the vehicle, police said.

The woman described the suspect’s car as a “grayish” Honda or Hyundai, according to police.

The break-in was suspected to be linked to another that occurred less than a mile away at Rafferty’s on Huntington Place, where a woman’s car window was shattered and a purse containing $500 cash, a credit card and Social Security card was stolen.