Leaving Walgreens just after midnight Thursday, Jeanette Starks carried a box of hair dye. She never noticed the man walking behind her.
TAMPA, Fla. -
Leaving the Walgreens at 1860 East Fowler just after midnight Thursday, Jeanette Starks carried a box of hair dye. She never noticed the man walking behind her.
A nearby surveillance camera recorded the moments before he held Starks at gunpoint and took her car.
ABC Action News showed her the video for the first time Friday afternoon.
"I was so stunned, I didn't even know what to do. I just kind of stood there. He cocked the gun," she remembered. "The gun was so big."
Then the man demanded her keys while another man shouted for him to grab her purse. The two sped off in her new, metallic gray Hyundai Accent.
They told Starks to sit down on the curb and count to 200, but as soon as they were no longer in sight, she ran inside and called 911.
Starks thought she'd taken all precautions, including where she parked, walking with her keys ready to use in her hand.
"Directly under the light. As safe as I could be," she said. "Front door is just right there. I was parked as close to the door as I could get."
The men made off with her wallet, cell phone, and about $20. Most upsetting, however, are keepsakes in the trunk, left by her husband, Larry, who died of cancer about a year ago.
"I'm just kind of hoping they find the car, not so much for the car so much as the stuff that can't be replaced," Starks said. "They make more cars. That's not a hard thing to replace."
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.