Auburndale grandmother carjacked at Lowe's, police searching for suspect & car

Posted at 4:13 PM, Apr 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-06 18:43:20-04

AUBURNDALE, Fla. — A grandmother shopping at Lowe's Thursday was on her way out when a man came up beside her and demanded the keys to her car.

61-year-old Deborah Cronin said she was at the back end of her Chevy Trail Blazer SUV around 10:40 a.m. when a young man said "bad things" to her and then demanded she give him the keys.

At first Cronin though it was a joke, but the man became violent, pushing her aside and grabbing the keys from her hand. Once the man was inside, Cronin said she began banging on the window with a watering wand, but he didn't stop.

The man took off in a matter of seconds.

Luckily, witnesses saw what was happening and were able to grab a picture of the suspect.

He's described as a white or Hispanic man, about 20-35 years old with dark hair, a black t-shirt and red shoes. Cronin said he was wearing a multi-colored baseball hat which was turned backwards and had a tattoo on his neck.

Cronin's car, which is still missing, is a 2003 Chevy TrailBlazer SUV with a Florida tag number of M718KY.

If you have any information call the Auburndale Police Department at (863) 965-5555 or Heartland Crime stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS.