PINELLAS PARK — Police are searching for two men who carjacked a St. Petersburg Times independent contractor as she filled a newspaper box early Saturday.
Susan Olson, 37, of Tampa, was placing papers in a box about 2:30 a.m. at the intersection of Lake Boulevard and 43rd Street N when two men drove up in a silver Kia Spectra.
The men, both carrying handguns, demanded her car and personal items, police said.
"I turned around to get back in my truck and the guy was there," said Olson, who has been delivering papers for 10 years. "He demanded the money and cell phone, and told me to walk in the other direction."
One of the men hopped in her silver 1998 Isuzu Rodeo, which has a Florida license plate tag 256-HRB. The other left in the Kia, because Olson's passenger seat was full of newspapers.
After walking for about 20 minutes, Olson flagged down a driver and found an officer a short distance away.
Meanwhile, Olson said, police got a call from a someone a couple of blocks away from where the carjacking occurred.
"Somebody had called in about a bunch of newspapers being dumped in a driveway," Olson said.
Investigators checked the license plate on the Kia, which was also left nearby, and discovered it was stolen during an armed carjacking Wednesday in St. Petersburg.
Olson, who was about 20 minutes into her route, called her daughter to pick her up.
Police described the carjackers as black males, both approximately 5 feet 8. They were wearing dark clothes, short-sleeve shirts and ski masks.
They were last seen driving west on Lake Boulevard in Olson's sport utility vehicle.
Anyone who sees the stolen car or has any information is asked to call 911 or Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477).