FORT BEND COUNTY - Authorities have released surveillance photos of the three suspects who they say burglarized a vehicle and used stolen credit cards to purchase $1,000 worth of items.
Officials said they responded to a car burglary just before 7 p.m. on September 23 at the Kids R Kids parking lot in Richmond.
The victim told deputies that sometime between 6:15 p.m. and 6:35 p.m., someone had broken her driver's side door window and had stolen her sister's purse, which included credit cards, a checkbook, $20 cash and a black leather wallet.
Later in the evening, the victims called police to report that one of the credit cards had been used at a nearby CVS pharmacy. Further investigation by detectives found that credit cards were also used at the Target in Rosenberg's Brazos Town Center.
Authorities said the suspects used the credit cards to purchase gift cards totaling $1,000.
Investigators released the following descriptions for the suspects:
Suspect No. 1 is described as a Hispanic female, about 18 to 22 years of age with long black hair. She is about 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs about 130 pounds.
Suspect No. 2 is a black female, 18 to 22 years of age with almost waist-length hair, which may be extensions. She is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs about 120 pounds.
Suspect No. 3 is a black female between the ages of 22 to 27. She is about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 150-160 pounds.
Investigators believe the three suspects are part of the Felony Lane Gang, which originated in Florida and has now branched out to other areas in the United States.
According to police, the group gets its name because it targets vehicles parked at day cares. The thieves steal purses and wallets. The Felony Lane Gang name derives from a practice of passing through the outside lane at the victim's bank, and then sending the teller a check to cash with the victim's ID.
Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers is offering up a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the suspects.
Tips can be submitted by calling the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office at 281-341-4665, Fort Bend Crime Stoppers, Inc. at 281-342-TIPS (8477), by texting FBCCS plus the tip to CRIMES (274637) and online.
All calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous.
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