GPD: Recent Car Thefts Tied to "Felony Lane" Activity
Published October 1st, 2013
GAINESVILLE -- Police are warning residents not to leave any personal items inside their cars after a string of "smash and grab" car robberies over the weekend.
Gainesville Police say they received reports of at least four separate cars burglaries between 2 and 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon.
The break-ins happened at various locations around the city, including Westside Park, the 300 Club and the parking lot of Gainesville Health and Fitness -- areas where drivers may be inclined to leave personal items behind.
Police say they have reason to believe these robberies may be tied to a larger crime ring involved in what's known as "felony lane" activity -- that's where the thieves will drive up to the furthest drive-though teller at a bank, often dressed in disguise, and use the personal information to steal money.
Cops say the best way to protect yourself is to simply take anything containing personal information with you and not to leave it car.
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