October 2019

Solutions to the Pinellas teen auto theft epidemic

Pinellas County, Florida has an "epidemic" of youth stealing cars for dangerous joyrides

Over the past 3 1/2 years, 12 people have died in Pinellas County, which last year averaged four arrests per week.



Study conducted by





The Caruthers Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think-tank that conducts research, crafts solutions and leads advocacy on emerging issues for the purpose of data-driven social change. Based in St. Petersburg, Florida, the Institute believes important policy decisions should be made based upon data – not ideology, partisanship or political influence.

Study sponsored by

Clark Family Fund