Plano Police Bust National Theft Gang
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PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) – Police made arrests this week in an attempt to thwart a nationwide burglary gang that has been targeting several North Texas cities.
CBS 11 first broke the story earlier this week after surveillance video of the suspects targeting women in a Plano parking lot was released.
The video showed the suspects in a rented vehicle, pulling in and out of parking spaces, watching women as they left their vehicles, then smashing windows and grabbing the purses the women left in their cars.
Police say the Felony Lane gang, based out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, has committed hundreds of car burglaries across the nation using the same tactic.
Plano officers were aware this activity was taking place in their city and on Wednesday spotted three men in the parking lot of the High Pointe Tennis Center on the 400 block of West Spring Creek Parkway, one of whom was wearing gloves and seemed to be casing vehicles.
When the suspect saw the officer, he jumped into a car and fled.
The officer called for backup and continued to follow the suspects. When a second officer arrived, they initiated a traffic stop.
Once they pulled over, police discovered stolen property in their vehicle. The burglary that happened at High Point was the fourth burglary the suspects had committed that day alone.
Police arrested Timothy Brown, Tremaine Bradshaw and Cedric Humphrey.
Police also say several other North Texas cities are looking into whether reports of car burglaries in their cities are the work of the Felony Lane Gang. The continuously growing burglary gang has gotten so large that the FBI has now gotten involved.
Police urge residents to report any suspicious behavior.
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