Fort Thomas Police have again seen a rash of "smash and grab" robberies in the city and they believe an East Coast gang may be responsible.
Det. Derek Faught of the Fort Thomas Police said they have seen a trend of crime that involves shattering windows and stealing purses. He said that he's been working with other agencies across multiple states and he believes the gang known as the "Felony Lane Gang" is responsible.
"We believe these suspects are part of the Felony Lane Gang and have been implicated in thefts in Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee," he said. "This group targets vehicles driven by females due to the possibility that there will be purses left in the vehicle. Do not leave valuables in plain sight in your vehicle, even if the doors are locked."
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Fort Thomas police said the gang is connected to thefts all over the East Coast.
Det. Faught said that on April 26 at about 3:50 p.m., a woman and her daughter parked their car at Highland Hills Dog Park in Fort Thomas. While they were away from the vehicle, an unknown person smashed out the driver’s side rear window and stole the owner’s purse from the floorboard.
He said approximately 20 minutes later, a black male was seen charging over $500 to the victim’s credit card at the Wal-Mart in Fort Wright, KY. The suspect was seen leaving the area in a silver sedan.
Then, according to Faught on May 7, a white female attempted to cash a forged check at a US Bank branch in Bowling Green, KY using the victim’s ID and bank card.
"When her attempt was unsuccessful, she quickly drove away from the bank," said Faught.
Previously the Highland Hills Dog Park was also the site of similar crimes in 2015 and 2016.
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If you have information regarding the identity or whereabouts of these suspects, please contact Detective Derek Faught with the Fort Thomas Police at 859-572-1238 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.