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Organized theft ring strikes city of Rollingwood

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Rollingwood police say an organized theft ring that targets women has struck the city. The name of it is the Felony Lane Gang. They're out of Florida and have 940 victims here in Central Texas.

The ring does your typical smash and grabs, breaking into cars and stealing purses. There are an estimated 150 members of the gang.

Rollingwood police are looking 27-year-old Willie Gordon and 28-year-old Monica Sande.

Police encountered the two last Wednesday. They say two women reported their cars being broken into and their purses stolen at the city park.

Officers, acting on a tip located a possible suspect vehicle at a nearby Chevron station. When they pulled behind them to chat, the vehicle backed up hitting the front bumper of the police SUV causing a couple hundred dollars in damage.

A surveillance camera captured the silver mustang pulling away. Officers got into a pursuit down Mopac, but had to call things off.

Officers believe Gordon was the driver and his passenger was Sande. People highly sought after by police nationwide and the FBI.

As a detective describes the gang got its name from what they do with credit cards or checks after they steal a purse.

"They pull up to the bank, use the outside lane so the cameras don't catch that angle, they were able to do their transactions and steal the money by wearing wigs or disguising themselves with makeup and take off so that's how they became the felony lane gang," said RPD Detective Joel Martin.

Police say Sande had photos of 14 Austin driver's licenses on her cell phone. Officers are warning all women, especially at gyms to not leave their purses in their cars.

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