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Smash-and-grab thieves who make a beeline to your bank

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Hillsborough Sheriff's investigators have named a group of thieves the "Felony Lane Gang."

That's because they are stealing credit cards, heading to banks and using the drive-through lane furthest from surveillance cameras to raid their victims' accounts.

"It's the outer most lane of the bank. They use it to get the furthest away from the camera so there isn't good surveillance of them," said Corporal Samuel Bailey.

It's a smash and grab operation that has been spreading across Florida, and across the country.

Investigators say it's a crime of opportunity. They steal purses and wallets from parked cars and then move quickly.

"Usually it's two groups. One group will hit the cars and get the credit cards, and the other group will take it to the bank -- and they do within hours. Because as soon as somebody discovers it, they cancel their credit cards," said Bailey.

Darlene Seufzer's car was broken into by the gang this week. She says she was only gone for minutes, but in that time, her purse was stolen.

"They busted out the glass, took my purse. They left other items behind that were worth value," Seufzer said.

Investigators say the thieves also hit a dance studio in Brandon. While the search is on for the band of thieves, detectives remind people not to leave valuables in their car.

Seufzer learned the hard way.

"Don't leave anything visible in your vehicle, because that's what draws them to it -- because it was sitting right on the seat," Seufzer said.

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