Delaware shopper robbed outside Christiana Mall

 (Gary Lindstrom/WHYY)

(Gary Lindstrom/WHYY)

A 17 year old man was attacked by two men as he walked to his car outside the JC Penney store at the Christiana Mall.

It happened around 11 a.m. Wednesday. The two suspects grabbed the teen in broad daylight and took some money from his pants pocket. The pair then took off in an unknown direction. The victim was not injured.

Delaware State Police say “no video surveillance photos are available to be released at this time.” 

They do offer a series of tips to protect yourself while walking to and from your car in a parking lot:

Don’t wear headphones or become distracted by cellphone conversations.
Have a co-worker watch you from a window if walking alone, wave to them on the way to your vehicle.
Have a whistle or other personal alarm on you.
Have your keys in your hand before walking to your vehicle.
Look around, inside and underneath your vehicle before entering. If suspicious, walk away.
Stay aware of your surrounding at all times.
Use the main building entrance, avoid rear or secluded exits.
Walk down the parking lot aisles, crosswalks and sidewalks, don’t walk between vehicles.
Walk in groups.
When walking to your vehicle, wave even if no one is watching you to give the illusion that someone is watching you.

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