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Thefts from vehicles continue to rise in Montgomery County

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The number of people being targeted by a ring of purse snatching thieves continues to rise in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

Montgomery County Police are now actually putting postcards of motorists windows if they see valuables out in the open, letting them know to stash everything away.

Emily Racosky didn't get the word in time. While she was inside volunteering in her son's class at Rock View Elementary School in Kensington, a thief was outside, stealing her purse and everything in it.

“I had to get a new driver's license, cancel credit cards,shut down bank accounts, open news accounts," Racosky says. “It was really frustrating."

More than ten similar cases were reported in neighboring Howard County, and now Montgomery County has become the new hot spot.

"While we were here talking with the Officer, he got a call on his radio about robbery happening at a school two miles from here, where something was stolen out of someone's car," Racosky says.

Montgomery County Police are trying to determine if the thieves are connected to the Felony Lane Gang--that originated in Florida.

They sit outside places daycare centers, schools, gyms and parks, and look for women, who leave their purses behind.

They get to the bank and try to use their id and debit cards before some victims even know they've been hit.

Alexandra Phillips says she tries to hide her purse while playing with her kids in the park, but not always.

After hearing about the Felony Lane Gang, she's vowing to be more careful.

"I'll leave it at home, or put it in a backpack and take it with me while I play with the little ones," Phillips says.

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