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Editorial: Smart ideas for reducing teen car thefts in Pinellas

Researcher says Pinellas’ car theft crisis is fixable, but still more dangerous than most realize
By Zachary T. Sampson, Times Staff Writer


NOVEMBER 2017

Editorial: Experts can help reverse deadly trend of teen car thefts in Pinellas

National study to focus on juvenile car theft epidemic in Pinellas
by Zachary T. Sampson and Lisa Gartner

 

TIMES HOT WHEELS SERIES

JANUARY 2018
Hot Wheels: Trying to turn around juvenile car thieves, one case at a time
By Lisa Gartner

DECEMBER 2017
Editorial: Experts can help reverse deadly trend of teen car thefts in Pinellas

Tampa Bay Times | Editorial Board | December 1, 2017

NOVEMBER 2017
National study to focus on juvenile car theft epidemic in PinellasTampa Bay Times | by Lisa Gartner and Zachary T. Sampson | November 27, 2017

Another teen fights for his life following reported stolen car crash
Zachary T. Sampson | November 20, 2017

OCTOBER 2017
Sheriff releases video showing teens reaching 140 mph before fatal Palm Harbor SUV crash
Tampa Bay Times | by Lisa Gartner and Zachary T. Sampson | October 16, 2017

Teens in stolen car crash had 126 arrests; murder charges possible (w/video)
Tampa Bay Times | by Lisa Gartner and Zachary T. Sampson | October 16, 2017

Despite some progress, juvenile auto theft remains the scourge Pinellas can’t escape
Tampa Bay Times | by Zachary T. Sampson and Lisa Gartner | October 16, 2017

AUGUST 2017

The kids: Six teens involved in stolen car crash have troubled histories
Tampa Bay Times | by Laura C. Morel, Lisa Gartner, Zachary T. Sampson | August 6, 2017

Pinellas Co. sheriff frustrated by youth auto theft epidemic after ‘3 lives needlessly lost’
WFLA Channel 8 | by web staff | August 7, 2017

Sheriff says teens stealing cars a ‘deadly’ epidemic
WTSP Channel 10 | by Josh Sidorowiicz | August 7, 2017

Three boys dead after fiery crash in stolen SUV, Pinellas sheriff says
Tampa Bay Times | by Laura C. Morel, Lisa Gartner, Zachary T. Sampson | August 7, 2017

Friends, family gather in Clearwater to remember teens who died in SUV crash
Tampa Bay Times | by Laura C. Morel | August 7, 2017

Victim recalls horrific crash that killed three in stolen car
Tampa Bay Times | by Laura C. Morel and Lisa Gartner | August 7, 2017

In the wake of the deaths of three teens who sped in stolen car, Pinellas Sheriff calls for tougher consequences
Creative Loafing | by Kate Bradshaw | August 7, 2017

Tearful teen who survived stolen SUV crash to be held in juvenile detention
Tampa Bay Times | by Zachary T. Sampson | August 8, 2017

Three boys died in a stolen vehicle: Here’s how it unfolded (w/video)
Tampa Bay Times | by Taylor Telford | August 8, 2017

Q&A: 8 teens are dead. Here’s a guide to Pinellas County’s car theft epidemic
TBO News | by Sara DiNatale | August 8, 2017

Editorial: Another fatal crash, another call to fight car thefts
Tampa Bay Times | Editorial Board | August 8, 2017

Romano: Before the stolen car you will likely find stolen dreams
Tampa Bay Times | by John Romano | August 8, 2017

JULY 2017

5 ways officials are trying to stop Pinellas’ teenage car thieves
Tampa Bay Times | by Zachary T. Sampson | July 21, 2017

Editorial: Coming together to reduce car thefts
Tampa Bay Times | Editorial Board | July 25, 2017

MAY 2017

Tampa Bay Times reporters track teen car theft epidemic & sport of ‘stealing cars’
WGCU (NPR News) | by Mathew F. Smith & Julie Glenn | May 9, 2017

Officials look to solve Pinellas County’s teen car theft problem
Fox 13 | by Evan Axelbank | May 8, 2017

SEPTEMBER 2016

Sheriff Pinellas program for teen offenders needs ‘tweaks’ but working
WFLA Channel 8 | by Jamel Lanee’ |September 15, 2016

JUNE 2016

Teen accused of car theft after crash in Pinellas Park shopping center
Tampa Bay Reporter | by TB Admin | June 9, 2016

APRIL 2016

Car theft ends with death of 3 St. Petersburg teen girls
WUSF News | by Lottie Watts and AP | April 1, 2016

Three Florida teens’ deaths in pond after car chase provoke questions about whether deputies tried to save them
New York Daily News | by Tobias Salinger | April 22, 2016

Were deputies heroes or bystanders as three teens drowned?
Miami Herald | by Elizabeth Koh | April 22, 2016

MARCH 2016

Sheriff: Juvenile delinquents wreaking havoc in Pinellas County
WFTS ABC Action News | by Michael Paluska | March 31, 2016