|Published:||Jul 03, 2012 11:33 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 03, 2012 11:39 PM EDT|
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Three men are behind bars at the Naples Jail, accused of conspiring to steal your identity. The men are believed to be a part of the "Felony Lane" gang, an organized group based of out of South Florida that's responsible for I.D. theft crimes across the country.
Darryl Dixon, Devada Hines, and Sadle Howard all made their first appearance in front of Collier County judge Tuesday afternoon.
The three are accused of snatching a woman's purse outside a Naples veternarian's office. Detectives say this purse-snatching was specific.
"They're looking for people that are just going inside for just a minute, leaving things behind thinking that they'll only be gone for a few minutes, so it's going to be ok," CCSO Detective Wade Williams said Tuesday.
Law enforcement officials believe they weren't after just the victim's purse.
"The primary goal for them is to get personal information about you to commit fraud," Williams said.
Deputies believe the three suspects are part of a much larger culture of crime based out of Fort Lauderdale, known as the "Felony Lane Gang", a group of criminals accused of I.D. thefts across the country.
"They're very specific and they delineate responsibilities and they have many people involved," Williams said.
When deputies pulled the trio over, they found pictures of drivers licenses, Social Security numbers, and burglary tools in the trunk of their rental car.
They also found $200 worth of women's wigs, and their GPS had multiple bank locations already punched in. While detectives say they're seeing a steady stream of arrests, they say felony lane crimes aren't only occurring in Southwest Florida.
"They don't just choose Collier. They hit throughout the state, even other states," Williams said.
The Collier County Sheriff's Office urges drivers to never leave valuables in plain view in their cars.
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