Smash & Grab Purse Snatchers in Tampa Bay Area

St. Petersburg Police warn everyone of a highly organized auto burglary group targeting mostly women. They’re known as the “Felony Lane Gang” and they’ve struck in Oklahoma,  New Hampshire, Texas, Louisiana and other states nationwide.

See YouTube video reports of the Felony Lane Gang to see how it operates.

St. Petersburg, Florida detectives are working  18 cases since August 1st. The gang uses rental cars, mostly out of South Florida and stake out any location, banks, schools, parks and gyms.   Police say they wait for women who leave their purses in their vehicles. Then the gang smashes in the  windows and grab the victim’s purse inside.  Weeks later, the victim finds out her identity has been stolen because the thieves use the victim’s credit cards.

“Police urge women to take their purses with them, even if it’s to pick up a child in a school for a few minutes,” said Yolanda Fernandez,  St. Petersburg Police’s  Public Information Officer  in a news release.

The smash and grab purse snatching crimes have happened in various locations in St. Petersburg, including Walter Fuller Park and Jungle Prada Park.

The Felony Lane Gang got their name because they use drive-thru bank lanes farthest from security cameas and tellers to pass their stolen checks.


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