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St. Petersburg, Florida - The St. Petersburg Police Department is searching for the man who pulled off a brazen carjacking and bank robbery on Friday afternoon.

The man carjacked a woman at gunpoint in the parking lot of the Jo Ann's Fabric Store at 2500 66 Street North just before 2p.m. on Friday afternoon.

After forcibly taking the dark gray 2010 Toyota Camry, the suspect drove to the Wells Fargo bank not far away at 3131 66th Street North and held-up the bank before making off with an undisclosed amount of cash and dumping the car a few blocks away.

"I can't believe it, I really can't because it is a safe area - I've never had a problem. I don't worry about everything around here," said Jean Bonavita, a frequent customer at the Jo Ann's Fabric store.

The suspect apparently pulled off a classic carjacking move by targeting an unsuspecting shopper, then using the victim's car to pull off a crime.

"It will just make me more aware I think of my surroundings when I get in and out of the car," said shopper Karen Cobb.

The carjacker is described as being in his late teens to early twenties, roughly six to six foot three inches tall and weighing around 220 pounds.

He was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and carrying a backpack.

If you have any information that could help police before them, call Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County at 800-873-tips.



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