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PLANO (CBS 11 NEWS) - Plano police have linked one group of thieves to more than a hundred car burglaries so far this year.

Surveillance cameras in Plano caught them in action, driving an SUV in and out of parking lots at the Prince of Peace Catholic Community church and school this April.

“They’re actually sitting in parking lots. They’re watching these women get out of their vehicles, go into the location NOT carrying their purse. Most women don’t go anywhere without a purse. So that purse is probably in the vehicle,” said Officer David Tilley.

Carolyn Milano was volunteering at her daughter’s school play and left her purse on the floorboard of the car.

“It was broad daylight on a Saturday afternoon,” she said.

The thieves broke her passenger side window and swept in.

“They reached the hand in – grabbed the purse from the floorboard,” she said.

Police say the thieves are members of the Felony Lane Gang, based out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The group is accused of targeting women all over the Metroplex, at local parks, fitness clubs, daycares, hair salons, and anywhere they may be tempted to leave their purses in their cars.

“The only way that we’re gonna stop this type of group action is to educate the public,” said Tilley.

Milano says, she’s always known what she should do.

It just took a hard lesson for her to finally change her ways.

“That’s just an automatic – when I get out of the car now, I make myself grab my purse,” she said. “That purse is always with me.”

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