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Pursuit of Stolen Van Turns Deadly – Woman Faces Murder Charge

HUDSON (PASCO) – A woman who is no stranger to law enforcement, crossed a deadly line from thefts, burglaries, and drug possession – to murder – after an incident on U.S. 19 yesterday.

According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, a man was killed last night after attempting to confront the driver of a work van that was reported stolen out of Hernando County Wednesday.

Officials say the owner of the van and his brother-in-law, 45-year-old Antonio Pereira spotted the van in front of a cabinet and flooring supply store, located at 16823 U.S. 19.

Pereira exited his vehicle to try and make contact with the driver, 33-year-old Bethia Politis. When Pereira approached the van, Politis accelerated and struck Pereira. He was transported to nearby Bayonet Point Hospital for treatment but later died from his injuries.

Politis was taken into custody and charged with felony murder and grand theft auto.

Politis has faced numerous charges in Hernando County, dating back to 2013.

The identity of the van’s owner has not been released.

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  • I new Bethia for just a few months, and being trained in the field of cognitive behavoir and different personalities i can asure you that she needed proffessional help in a extreme way. if your reading this sheriff nienhaus you hAve to understand that most people (85%) that are incarcerated are there because of alcohol and drugs. I would like to see the county as well as the state build more rehaBS FOR THESE INDIVIDUALS., but no we just lock them up and there is no treatment plan nor is there any tools to use upon there release. I used to ask the inmates in my pod( direct supervision) what is the problem in your life right now as we speak, many of them would say : Don’t know” i would say ooh you know what is it. after realizing the answer i was waiting for they said DRUGS AND OR ALCOHOL/ i simply just said and i qoute : THEN JUST FIX THE PROBLEM These kids and adults really have no idea how to stay sober, and that’s why i ask you sheriff, to contact the governor andtake charge of youier county and build big compounds of 3,6,,9 12, and 18 month programs, you will s`ee a diferent

    Monday, 11 April 2016, 11:38 pm
  • Alot of you probably ran into Tony thru the years and did not even realize it. He was a wonderful man, husband, father, friend and so much more. This should have never happened. It is heartbreaking!! I can not believe you people are bickering about those people. She will get what she deserves. Tom was gracious to allow the gofundme on his page I beg you to help this family no amount is too small, it all adds up.

    Monday, 4 April 2016, 2:25 am
  • throw the book with no keys

    Sunday, 3 April 2016, 10:57 pm
  • Works you are so right on this. If it were one kid, I could understand it. All of them, ok, except maybe one of them have been in serious trouble with the law. She failed herself, her family failed her and it most certainly does have a lot to do with the parenting.
    After reading the other comments, I hope and pray that the person who raised these kids aren’t raising or helping raise their grandchildren. Lord have mercy if they are!!

    Sunday, 3 April 2016, 8:49 pm
  • L.O.L. At these comments, so many of you are naive.. Society didn’t fail her.. Criminal system didn’t fail her.. Her raising failed her, and once she was old enough to know right from wrong she failed herself. All you people looking for someone else to blame meanwhile the one to blame is behind bars. BTW those of you saying it has nothing to do with the parents? I would believe that if just one of the kids turned to shit. Three of them did, and all three have horrendous records. Yeah….. Yeah… It’s the raising.

    Sunday, 3 April 2016, 5:04 pm
  • Well lucky the kids aren’t being raised by her, just hope they get a loving and caring up being because she doesn’t deserve her children. Hopefully they will be raised to be productive in life and don’t fall into their mothers or any other family’s food step. They will be better off without her ( even though children love their mothers no matter what)

    Sunday, 3 April 2016, 1:16 pm
  • nobody feels bad for her she deserves to be in jail , i never said i have any sympathy for her she took a life of an innocent man, all that was said is it could have been prevented and phil is the father is 1 of her kids so you dont know wtf ur talking about because they all live with their grandmother , her oldest lives with one of his grandmothers they have been for years . larry i agree with you !- this should have never happened

    Sunday, 3 April 2016, 9:57 am
  • Hey Everybody,
    Please take a moment to look at the bigger picture here,

    She has been arrested many times, and cycled around the Hernando
    County Law Enforcement System.
    If you look at the County Clerks website, you will find that she had outstanding Fines
    and Costs from previous convictions over the last 3 years totaling more
    than 3000 dollars.
    No Warrants, Nothing.

    If Warrants were issued for these outstanding fines, she NEVER would
    have been on the street.

    So, fellow residents, and Mr. Lemmon,
    Lets ask thew Clerk, How many other convicted criminals have not paid
    their fines?

    Commit a Crime, Found Guilty, Don’t Pay,
    Oh Well, No Big Deal!

    Something to think about…………..

    Sunday, 3 April 2016, 1:10 am
    • Larry, we seem to have way too many who are repeat offenders that don’t get any form of a punishment to fit the crimes. How the hell can this county hold anybody else responsible when they can’t be responsible themselves?
      Remember, our Clerk is our former prosecutor, Mr. Don Barbee. Thanks to Clerk Nicolai’s endorsement, yep, she handed this inexperienced man a job he was very unfamiliar with.
      He wasn’t a good prosecutor either. I think that if there are warrants, the charges do not show on the website, for people would look themselves up and find them. I could be wrong on that and someone can correct me if I am.
      This county is so screwed up. It has been for a long time and unless we get good people who aren’t afraid to run against the good ol’ boys, nothing is going to change. But then again, look at who our Supervisor of Elections is too.
      Typical of yee haw Hernando County. The county where justice does not get served.

      Sunday, 3 April 2016, 8:57 pm
  • Tubbs, really? Was that comment really necessary?

    Sunday, 3 April 2016, 12:05 am
  • Prayers for those involved. Does anyone have anything better to do than look up people’s records and talk bad about them I mean yes this shouldnt have happened and i dont know her or her family but she’s in jail and Justice will be served

    Sunday, 3 April 2016, 12:04 am
  • And holly phill has been raising those children for years . I was just as high as her but being clean now I don’t feel bad for her or what shes about to go through. Only a sociopath who is capable of the same thing would speak up hmmmmm wonder what holly that is ? And just like my name yep its the one urthinking

    Saturday, 2 April 2016, 10:54 pm
  • Goodness Bethia how could you let this happen ? All the rehab and jail time just couldn’t stop you.

    Saturday, 2 April 2016, 10:50 pm
  • Point here is a father of three was murdered by a theif,drug addict, piece of ****. There is no way to undo what she has done and her mug shot looks like she doesn’t even care. Prison is too good for her, just a place to hang out with her homes. She needs to rot in hell!!! One good thing is she is off the streets and won’t be around to do any more damage to innocent people. Prayers to the family who lost a good hard working man and his children who lost their daddy. My heart breaks for them.

    Saturday, 2 April 2016, 8:55 pm
  • *****there is NOOOOOOOOOOO OLD ENOUGH TO KNOW BETTER and if it makes anyone feel better her kids will be growing up without their mother either,they will most likely never know her , and she will have to live out the rest of her life knowing she took the life of an innocent man that will be her hell

    Saturday, 2 April 2016, 7:02 pm
    • She wasn’t there for her kids and it’s a good thing that she isn’t raising them. It’s sick that people chose drugs over lives as this POS did.

      As for those commenting about our harsh comments, it’s too bad. She’s a worthless waste of human skin and I hope she rots in prison, where she belongs.

      To Tony’s family. May God help you through this terribly difficult time. I can’t fathom what they must be going through.

      Sunday, 3 April 2016, 12:10 am
  • when a person is that far gone on drugs there is ” old enough to know better” and its horriable a man had to die because of her actions ,there is NO CHANGING THAT she will rot prision that is hell in itself, now you can see first hand do not take matters into ur own hands let the police do their job it’s a horrific tragedy that could have been avoided , i hope the family can find some peace these stupid posts of people bashing doesnt not help anything –

    Saturday, 2 April 2016, 6:52 pm
  • Damn he was a good man. A loving husband the best father and a scumbag takes his life I hope our system slams her rest in peace Tony you were love

    Saturday, 2 April 2016, 6:26 pm
  • I pray for the victims family that I know so well 3 children beautiful smart children left behind a loving wife who has to grieve for her loving husband and be strong for her children this will not be easy for her we all pray for them now I wish the worst happens to the girl that is lost in life

    Saturday, 2 April 2016, 6:18 pm
  • She takes a life and maybe get life in prison, she’s breathing Tony’s not. She will meet her maker and than she’ll feel the punishment. You say she’s facing enough punishment what about the children that have to grow up without there father and the wife that has to live with the sorrow that doesn’t go away. She probably doesn’t have a conscious or if she does it will only be because she’s going to jail.

    Saturday, 2 April 2016, 5:09 pm
  • She will be a lesbian soon whether she wants to or not.

    Saturday, 2 April 2016, 3:39 pm
  • Heartbroken… Pretty sad that years of “punishment” couldn’t stop her. Until she made someone pay the ultimate price as her punishment. Let me put it to you this way she will likely live the rest of her life with 3 hots & a cot.. Antonio was robbed of even being allowed to breathe.

    Saturday, 2 April 2016, 3:26 pm
  • Pretty harsh comments from people who don’t even know her. Bashing her doesn’t help this horrible situation in the least bit. Trust and believe the punishment she’s facing will be sufficient enough without all your thoughtless remarks.

    Saturday, 2 April 2016, 3:03 pm
  • I can go on and on and on about their raising, I know the family all too well, I knew where they lived growing up. Parents were trash and now the proof is in the children, very, very sad.

    Saturday, 2 April 2016, 2:13 pm
  • Who cares about mother father in picture she’s old enough to know how to get her own help. The point is she murdered a father of three and was a great father and husband to his wife. Personally I wouldn’t give a rat’s ass about her or her family, how many chances did she have, I guess it takes killing an innocent person. I hope she rots in hell. The family has my prayers and support all the way.

    Saturday, 2 April 2016, 1:57 pm
  • FURTHMORE there is no father in the picture he hasnt been since they were kids, their mother has done and tried everything she could do to help her children but some of them chose the wrong way in the life and they have all paid the price as for them hanging around tough druggies WRONG they all keep to themselves except bethia she did hang around the wrong people .meth has taken over and we live in the land of the lost you people should get facts before you talk ********

    Saturday, 2 April 2016, 1:00 pm
  • first off ‘thats her’ nobody said HERNANDO COUNTY needs to take care of theses friggin junkies the family was trying to get her arrested or medical mental help some kind of help and sounds like you know nothing ABOUT THE FAMILY judy did not die of a drug overdose she had heart problems yes she did do drugs also but it was her heart that gave out so you should not talk bad about the dead im sure you wouldnt want to hear ppl talking shit about your sister or brother if they were DEAD and krystyna has maybe been in trouble twice on stupid shit nothing major,bethia does belong in jail for her crime but dont try and bring her family down that makes you look like the patheic loser here stupid fu** !!!!!

    Saturday, 2 April 2016, 12:52 pm
  • Bethia Politis has only been out of prison for a matter of months.
    Her dead sister served time before her death.
    Her brother Devin is still in prison.
    Where the hell are the parents of these people? Sounds like they were raised, ooohhhhhhhh wait, I see the drug addiction problem is being blamed on the father, since this is what these people were raised around.

    Saturday, 2 April 2016, 12:26 pm
  • Such a shame, her little sister Judith is also no stranger to the legal system. Such a shame the parents let these poor kids run wild.

    Saturday, 2 April 2016, 10:10 am
    • Judy died of an overdose. The brother is in prison for beating a pizza delivery driver. The other sister has been charged with drugs too. The whole family is nothing but trouble and they hang around a rough group of druggies…all of them!!

      Let’s hope justice is served and Bethia doesn’t see life outside of prison. She belongs there.

      Saturday, 2 April 2016, 11:43 am
      • Who do you think you are, talking down about people like this? You have alot of nerve. You must have lived a perfect life so far, huh? Not enough skeletons in your own closet, you have to bash people who go through life struggling to live the right way… Lord Jesus forgive you. I am a very close friend of this family and every one of the people you mention are amazing people who have had different struggles and made bad choices in life, some more than others. Also, Judy didnt die from an overdose and Krystyna or Laura Anne have never been arrested for drugs.

        Tuesday, 5 September 2017, 11:19 pm
  • I went to high school with this girl. She was always, always in trouble. This is nothing new for her, the only thing that has changed are the crimes. She always kept bad company and I’m sure this is no different, parents were always uninvolved and unaware in her life..Sad because this is the end, rock bottom welcomes you Bethia.

    Saturday, 2 April 2016, 9:23 am
  • Roger, grow up, this poor excuse for a human being needs to die, got that?

    Saturday, 2 April 2016, 5:38 am
  • My thoughts and prayers go out to the victim an the family

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 10:58 pm
    • Love and miss you Deezus… smh
      What has time and bad choices done to us all bro?

      Tuesday, 5 September 2017, 11:22 pm
  • Roger, maybe doc was referring to 5 letter word that ends with H…… What was your point?

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 9:52 pm
  • So sad, prayers to the family. This breaks my heart. She has no care in the world for the family left behind to suffer with this tragic loss.

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 8:57 pm
  • is she related to Krystyna Stock?

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 8:05 pm
    • FoodforThought, yes that is her sister. Judy, the other sister died of a drug overdose, but the family keeps denying that. Krystyna Stock Knight has also been in jail for drugs and is trying to set things up for the insanity defense it looks like. The whole family are nothing but losers and have done nothing but enable Bethia Lynn.
      holly, it’s not the county’s responsibility to take care of junkies, until they break the law, as this bitch has done a number of times. She’s also got a record in Pasco County. Let them keep her this time, and get her off of the streets. Our district can’t seem to get justice done for victims. Let’s hope that district does.

      Saturday, 2 April 2016, 9:41 am
  • cant wait to pay for her medical, food, and shelter costs.

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 7:54 pm
  • that is an old mug shot pay attention to news you will see what she looks like now, and she is someone’s daughter ,granddaughter ,sister, neice and a mother think about how they feel ,they fought to get her off the streets and HERNANDO COUNTY did nothing to help they ignored all pleas for help and now a man is dead because she was swept under the rug as a junkie

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 7:43 pm
  • Doc…It is only four letters,ant ends with T

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 6:19 pm
  • Another dumb *****. She probably had to go pick up her meth. Another senseless crime wtf is wrong with these young women today? She is lucky she’s not my daughter

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 4:51 pm
  • Sending prayers

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 4:37 pm
  • Not a bod looking women, To bad she’s taken the wrong path, Now wait until Big Burther get’s a hold of her in prison.

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 3:33 pm
  • Sympathy to the family and friends of the victim, very tragic. She needs to be locked up forever!!

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 3:20 pm
  • cabinett and floor supplies store ,are they involved withis women ,like to have a follow up here.

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 3:14 pm
  • She looks mighty proud of herself in the mug shot!

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 12:19 pm
  • Wow…no contrition whatsoever. If that is her booking photo, she actually looks like she’s trying to seduce the officer!!

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 12:09 pm
  • More of a random thought but, I find it kinda odd that judges have no accountability when it comes to there actions pretty pimp job if you ask me.

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 11:58 am
  • This ***** needs to face the death penalty, hear that judicial system.

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 11:06 am
  • Welcome to Pasco County, the west coast of Florida’s wonderful counties of crime. Hudson, Port Richey and New Port Richey seem to always be in the news for BAD occurrences.

    Friday, 1 April 2016, 10:14 am
    • Welcome to Florida

      Friday, 1 April 2016, 3:30 pm

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