St Petersburg Times
Thursday, February 25th, 2010
TAMPA — Preparing to board the SheiKra roller coaster at Busch Gardens, mom and stepdaughter put their iPhones in a purse and stuffed it into an unlocked storage bin. Someone was watching.
The pair sat in the second row, screaming as they swooped over the ride’s famed 90-degree drop. It was fun until the end, when 13-year-old Caroline cut her lip open.
In a dash to the first aid station, neither Caroline nor her stepmom noticed a man from the last row moving toward the storage bins.
“I turned around to grab my bag, and it’s gone,” Jennifer Jensen, 41, said of Friday’s incident.
They called Busch Gardens security, which notified Tampa police. Surveillance tapes showed a man exiting the ride, snatching the bag and running away.
This article was posted: Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 9:42 am