Man steals airport shuttle with passengers still inside 

These passengers really got taken for a ride.

An airport shuttle van was stolen with passengers in it in the Tenderloin on Sunday, police Officer Albie Esparza said Monday.

The 27-year-old driver picked up the suspect thinking he was just another scheduled pick-up on his route in the 1100 block of Bush Street about 3:55 a.m., police said.

When the driver got out to assist another passenger being picked up at Powell and O'Farrell streets, the suspect got into the driver's seat and drove away with four other passengers still inside the van, one man, two women and an unknown victim, Esparza said. The driver jumped onto the siderail on the driver's side of the van and rode about a block before jumping off, Esparza said.

The passengers were reportedly able to jump out of the van while it was driving slowly, police said, and no one was injured. Police were not entirely sure how they were able to get out of the van or where, but did say there was some kind of a struggle between the passengers and the suspect on New Montgomery Street.

The passengers reportedly were able to get taxis to the airport, Esparza said. As of Monday morning, no one had reported any missing property, so they may have been able to take their luggage with them.

The shuttle was recovered in Alameda County by the Alameda County Sheriff's Department, Esparza said.

The suspect was described as a 30-year-old man, about 5-foot-5, 160 pounds with short brown hair, brown eyes and a green t-shirt, Esparza said. He is still at large.

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