Between January 2015 and June 2016, police in Pinellas County arrested juveniles 742 times on charges of grand theft auto. Officers and deputies on the street call it an epidemic.
Three victims recount their experiences with stolen cars including a real estate agent, a Meals on Wheels driver, and a father, who’s car was stolen with two of his young children inside.
Luis Herring estimates he has stolen 30 cars. He’s in jail now, and talks about his recent carjacking charge. Rev. Kenneth F. Irby offers solutions to the problem.
At 15, Isaiah Battle was the county’s No. 1 car thief. He had every reason to stop.