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"Felony Lane Gangs" target women's cars in parking lots

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(KMOV) -- Monday, the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office posted this fraud alert to it's website.

It warns women, in particular, about groups of criminals who look for women who park their cars, but leave their purse's behind.  Typically, the thieves stake out parking lots at parks, gyms, and places where people usually prefer to leave purses and wallets in their cars.

Thieves break in, steal check books, credit cards, and I.D.'s.  Police say the groups often call Florida home and travel around the country in groups.  The groups typically consists of men (who break into cars) and women (who wear wigs to try and look like the victim in the stolen I.D.). 

The women then use the outside lane of a drive-thru bank, positioning themselves so the teller can't see them as well.  The crooks clear out the victim's bank account, then skip town.

Police dubbed these groups "Felony Lane Gangs" for using the bank drive-thru lane, furthest from the teller's window.

This summer, the U.S. Attorney's office indicted six people - accused of committing this type of crime in O'Fallon, Illinois, Town and Country, Rock Hill, Des Peres, Bridgeton, and Florissant from May to August of this year.

Last year, Maryland Heights police arrested five people for similar schemes. Read that story here.

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