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Test drive carjacking alleged

Authorities on Friday arrested a Valrico couple they say last week gave a car salesman a nerve-wracking detour he wasn't expecting.

Sheriff's officials said David Lee White, 29, and Janet Denise Hilton, 25, pointed a semiautomatic handgun at a Ferman Chevrolet salesman and stole a silver Camaro during a test drive on June 17.

White and Hilton, both of 923 Dixie Maid Lane, were arrested at 10 a.m. at the Economy Inn on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and charged with armed robbery and carjacking.

They were being held at the Hillsborough County Jail on $25,000 bail each.

According to the salesman, the couple came to the dealership at 9751 Adamo Drive about 5 p.m. that day asking to see the car. They talked with the salesman for about 40 minutes before the test drive, and a copy of Hilton's driver's license was made.

The three left the dealership with White at the wheel. When he stopped the car to allow Hilton to drive, White pointed the gun at the salesman and ordered him out, sheriff's officials said.

After the couple drove off, the salesman flagged down another Ferman vehicle on a test drive and went back to the dealership to call 911.

The car was found abandoned and burned two days later with no tires or wheels, sheriff's officials said.

Both suspects were identified by the victim from a photo lineup.

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