LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. -- A criminal group known to law enforcement as the 'Felony Lane Gang' has been spotted in the Kansas City metro area, according to Lee's Summit Police on Tuesday.
According to a task force Facebook page, the Felony Lane Gang is normally based in south Florida, but they travel the country in rental vehicles and target gyms, parks, daycares and sporting events to steal.
They scope out locations like these and break into vehicles, looking for personal items like driver licenses, checks and debit cards.
They then reportedly "recruit females who are normally prostitutes and/or drug addicts to assume the identities of the theft victims in order to cash stolen checks belonging to other victims. The suspects normally supply the recruited check cashers with wigs in order to create a physical appearance similar to that of the victims whose identification was stolen. The check cashers normally use the farthest drive through lane from the bank building to conduct the fraudulent transactions, hence the group earning the nickname as the Felony Lane Gang." (Taken from the Task Force Facebook page.)
Lee's Summit police say the criminals have been active in both Kansas and Missouri.
They suggest people keep a close eye on their valuables and never leave them in the car. If you're hiding your purse or something else of value in the car, do it before arriving at your location because the criminals may be monitoring the location.
Report suspicious activity by calling 911 or the non-emergency dispatch center at 816-969-7390.