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Friday, August 19, 2022

Advisory: Florida-based gang targeting vehicles for thefts:
Police issue warning about smash-and-grab thieves

A “well-organized” gang of criminals known as the Felony Lane Gang is believed to be continuing to operate in Genesee County and throughout Western New York.

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Department issued an alert Friday warning that its department and neighboring jurisdictions “have been noticing an uptick of larcenies from vehicles.”

In many cases, the cars are parked at hiking areas, county and local parks and in parking lots.

Police believe the thieves are part of Felony Lane Gang, a Florida-based gang that operates throughout the country. The gang in January 2020 made its presence known in a two-county high-speed chase that began in Warsaw.

The driver, Cleveland D. Johnson, 22, of Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., crashed on Route 98 in the village of Alexander. He was killed and two passengers were injured.

All three had ties to the gang, which began in the 2010s in Fort Lauderale.

The members specialize in “smash-and-grab” larcenies, stealing purses from cars and using credit cards and checks to commit identify theft type crimes.

Police are warning people to not leave any items of value in cars, whether they are locked or not.

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