PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (WFLA) – Cameras caught suspects stealing a Pinellas Park woman’s vehicle Sunday night. The thieves appear to be teenagers.
With a shirt over his face, cameras roll as one suspect works to get into Carol Workley’s car. Moments later, that suspect is in the driver’s seat. A second person runs over to get in. The suspect then backs the car out of the driveway and takes off.
Workley received a call asking where she was. “I’m at the house,” she said.
The caller said, “I’m in front of your house. Where’s your car?”
“That’s when I knew my car was gone,” Workley told News Channel 8.
This is the second time her vehicle has been stolen – in a matter of weeks. The first time, thieves stole the spare key and transponder out of her Workley’s husband’s truck. Officials recovered the car the next morning, but her spare key was still out there.
“You know, I had my car back; there were several things missing out of it, trivial things, but they still had my keys,” Workley said.
She said the same suspects took the car again. “We saw the lights flicker on my car indicating they had hit the transponder,” Workley explained.
Workley filed another report with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Her car is still missing.
Law enforcement said car break-ins and thefts are on the rise. Just last weekend a group of teens stole three vehicles in Hillsborough County.
Workley believes the punishment for these crimes is not severe enough. “You’re having so many repeat offenders with these kids,” she said. “It’s a game to them now.”
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
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