CLINTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Hunterdon County) – Clinton Township police say a series of car break-ins at fitness facilities earlier this month could be the work of a national network of thieves called the “felony lane gang.”
Police say that on Dec. 6 and Dec. 15, the Felony lane gang is suspected of breaking into cars parked in two busy parking lots of fitness facilities.
“This “gang” has been around for a few years now and appears to be based in Florida,” police said.
They travel the entire U.S. and move in and out of areas so quickly they’re difficult to catch. They target vehicles with purses left in plain sight. They will break windows if the vehicle doors are locked, even in crowded areas. Once they have a purse, they specifically look for checks and debit/credit cards. They are well known for altering checks and using stolen ID’s to cash them at local banks, police said.
In the past, the Felony Lane Gang has targeted public and private pools, parks, fitness centers and daycare centers, police said.
Police offer these prevention tips:
- Never leave valuables in your vehicle.
- Always lock vehicle doors.
- If you’re going to hide your purse in your vehicle, do it before arriving at your location. Professional criminals will monitor activity at their target location. If they see you put your purse in your trunk, you’ve defeated your own efforts.
- Report suspicious activity immediately to the police.
- If you are a victim of theft, report any lost financial information to your bank immediately. Closing stolen/compromised accounts quickly is the best way to prevent additional loss.