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Woman, 51, robbed in Tyrone Square Mall parking lot, police say

ST. PETERSBURG — A woman was robbed after a man followed her to her car in a mall parking lot Thursday night and shot once at her, police said.

The 51-year-old woman, whose identity St. Petersburg police are withholding, was not injured. She was walking to her PT Cruiser at Tyrone Square Mall at about 9:25 p.m. when she noticed a man following her. She hurried into her car, but the man fired a gun, shattering the window on the driver's side. He reached in, grabbed her purse and took off in a waiting Saturn, police said.

That car was later found near Ninth Avenue S and 44th Street. It was previously reported missing.

The mall already had officers and security guards patrolling in the area, but management will increase presence in all areas of the parking lot and inside the mall for the rest of the week.

Other departments like Clearwater police have said they will monitor shopping areas like Westfield Countryside Mall and Clearwater Mall to look for people victimizing holiday shoppers.

St. Petersburg police are asking anyone with information to call (727) 893-7780 or text SSPD to TIP411.

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