PLANO, Texas (AP) — Police in Collin County and areas of North Dallas believe a national theft ring has returned to the area to target affluent neighborhoods.
Plano police spokesman David Tilley tells The Dallas Morning News (http://bit.ly/VHrv43 ) authorities are seeing an increase in smash-and-grab thefts involving women who leave purses in cars while they run into day care centers or are at gyms or parks. Checkbooks and drivers' licenses are the items particularly targeted for theft.
It's a signature of a ring known as the Felony Lane Gang that originated in Florida.
Nearly 20 members of the gang were arrested during a police crackdown last year in North Dallas after more than 150 thefts.
Authorities say this time around the thieves hope to avoid attention by driving luxury rental cars.
Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com