Chief McGoldrick shared this information at the last council meeting regarding thefts in Delaware County.
There has been a recent rash of thefts in Delaware County from LOCKED vehicles that could affect our residents and business'. The thefts are occurring outside of Brookhaven, but our residents could fall victim.
A group called the FELONY LANE GANG have been targeting work out centers like "Planet Fitness" , "YMCA" etc. Their MO is to wait for victims ,primarily females, to arrive at the fitness center. A high percentage of women will leave their pocket book in the car (ironically so it does not get stolen from a locker) .
The thieves will wait til the victim goes into the workout center. If the victim is not carrying a pocket book , they will look into the car for any valuables (Primarily pocket books) If the pocket book is in sight they will use a "Center punch" and break the window. They will then steal the pocket book.
It doesn't stop there. They are not just looking for cash, but will then use females in the gang to use your credit cards and or to go to the bank and cash any checks in the pocket book.
The best advice is to always watch your surroundings. If you notice something suspicious, notify management of the facility or call 911. Leave nothing of value in sight. Either take your pocket book with you into the workout facility, or lock it in your trunk BEFORE you arrive in the parking lot.
Be careful and be safe