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Theft Ring Moves Into Austin

The "Felony Lane Gang" is known to rent vehicles in Florida, then drive to Texas or fly into Texas, and then rent vehicles.  It’s an organized group—about 150 strong.  Of that, 50 people have criminal indictments pending. They target women when they drop their children off at daycares or arrive at fitness centers. Detective Detective Jared Manning said the suspects burglarize the victim's vehicles and steal their purses. Within several days, victims' checks are being forged and cashed at local banks, using other victims' driver licenses as forms of identification.  While the gang is mostly men, they are recruiting women to help.  APD currently has 24 cases linked to the group.  He estimates they've taken from 80 to 100 thousand dollars from people in Austin and Round Rock in the past eight months in 40 different cases.  Additionally, several other local agencies and North Texas agencies have cases linked to Felony Lane.  He said Austin is a sweet spot for thieves because it’s so easy to commit their crimes here because we leave our valuables in our vehicles. Two women and a man were arrested in south Austin after trying to commit fraud at a bank. 

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