On July 30, Williston Police responded to three vehicle break-ins where two car windows were smashed and one unlocked vehicle was entered. Police say purses were stolen, containing cash, credit cards, check books, etc.
According to police, two women went on a two day check cashing spree using the stolen IDs and checks in Vermont on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday, police received a tip from the Amherst Police Department in New York about a suspect cashing a stolen check with a stolen ID from one of the vehicles in Williston.
Police say the suspects involved in the thefts are part of the Felony Lane Gang. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Felony Lane Gang is a group of thieves based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, that travels across the United States stealing identities and checkbooks from unattended cars (“smash and grabs”). With the stolen checkbooks and driver’s licenses, the gang cashes checks using the drive through lane of banks. The farthest lane from video cameras and tellers have been dubbed the “felony lane” because of the ease with which false identities can be used to cash checks.
Police are reminding the public to remove anything of value from vehicles.
Anyone who sees suspicious person(s) or vehicle(s) is urged to called their local police department.