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Shoplifting attempt injures bystander

A 30-year-old woman was injured Saturday when she was struck in the parking lot of Gulf View Square Mall by a pickup truck that was fleeing after a shoplifting attempt turned violent.

The woman was treated at a local hospital, according to a sheriff's report. Authorities were unable to provide her name or the extent of her injuries Sunday.

Witnesses told authorities the woman was unloading children from a Cadillac about 5 p.m. when the silver truck quickly backed out and hit her and the car.

In the truck bed at that time was a JCPenney security officer, who told deputies he had followed two women out of the store after watching them stuff two men's shirts into a purse and run outside.

Kenneth Rainer, 26, said he chased the two women outside. They jumped into the bed of the 1991 Ford King Cab. A man sat in the driver's seat next to two young children.

Rainer said he grabbed the purse, and as he struggled with the women, the man backed the truck, throwing Rainer into the bed. The side of the truck struck the woman, but the driver did not stop and sped toward the south side of the parking lot.

The truck stopped after Rainer yelled at the driver to let him out, but started moving again as Rainer tried to exit, throwing him to the concrete. Rainer copied the license number and gave it to authorities. One of the shirts later was found in the parking lot and returned.

Witnesses described one of the women as being in her late 30s, the other in her late teens. The truck's owner is listed in the report as a 36-year-old man from Luna Pier, Mich. The report further specifies the man as the driver of the truck.

His name is not being published because no charges had been filed as of Sunday afternoon.Sheriff's deputies and the Florida Highway Patrol continued to investigate.

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fire under investigation

SHADY HILLS _ Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire early Saturday that destroyed a double-wide mobile home with a two-story wooden addition. No one was in the home at 17850 Nelson Road when it burned about 4 a.m., according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.

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