Police seeking help from public in vehicle break-ins

The sheriff’s office is asking the public for help identifying a man they suspect was involved in vehicle break-ins last weekend.

Cash and a purse with credit cards and checks were stolen from two vehicles in the parking lot of Kelsay Farms in Whiteland on Oct. 7. Shortly after the theft, the stolen credit cards were used at a store in Johnson County, and surveillance cameras captured images of a man police are now trying to identify, Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox said.

License plates on the vehicle the man was driving — a silver, Chevy Tahoe style vehicle — were traced to a vehicle registered in New Albany, but the plates had been stolen from a vehicle in Lawrence, Cox said.

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Investigators suspect the man came from out of state with a rental car and stole local licenses plates, with the intent of committing crimes and then leaving. Similar crimes have been attributed to the “Felony Lane Gang,” a group of people from southern states that come north to commit crimes and then return south, Cox said.

Anyone with information should contact the sheriff’s office tip line at 317-346-4654.

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Jacob Tellers is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at jtellers@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2702.