Three men accused of burglarizing vehicles in Rowlett may be part of a national group of thieves, police said.
According to the Rowlett Police Department, officers on Tuesday responded to two calls about break-ins outside of local day cares.
Anthony Turner, Demetris Cunningham and Michael Cunningham were arrested later that day.
Police believe the three men belong to the Felony Lane Gang, which operates in cities all over the country.
It is known for targeting cars in parking lots, especially for commercial business, gyms and day cares. Its members are often able to commit a crime in less than 10 seconds and be out of the parking lot, police said.
Cathy Castillo saw what happened to a mother dropping off her child Tuesday morning at one of the day cares -- her purse was stolen from inside her locked car right in front of employees.
"It was amazing that the vehicle was in front of our doors, and they had the nerve to pop the window, grab the purse and go so quick," said Castillo.
Authorities stress that the suspects aren't just stealing purses – they're taking them to get access to victims' IDs and other personal information.
On Tuesday, thanks to the quick action of the alert staff and surveillance cameras, Rowlett Police were able to track down the getaway car and arrest the suspects.
A police dash cam shows the trio being arrested just minutes after police say the suspects threw stolen purses in a dumpster. Police say the suspects are organized and methodical.
Residents are encouraged to either take or hide valuables in their car and always lock it.
The suspects are now charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, and police say they may be tied to as many as 50 other gang members in North Texas.
"Just remember, there's a lot of us that are watching, and the cameras are hiding and you will get caught," said Castillo. "Especially in the City of Rowlett."
"If you come to Texas, we're going to lock you up," said Detective Cruz Hernandez with the Rowlett Police Department.
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