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Apr 8, 2016 2:25 PM

3 NH police departments warning their residents over Seacoast car break-ins


CONCORD - Now three New Hampshire police departments are warning their residents to secure their vehicles, after getting reports of numerous car break-ins.

Portsmouth, Epping and Lee police departments have received numerous reports of car break-ins, where Portsmouth PD said most thefts have occurred in Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire but are gravitating toward the seacoast.

READ: Portsmouth police warn of 'smash and grab' thefts from parked cars

Lee PD is contributing these car break-ins and thefts, to an organized group of individuals dubbed the "Felony Lane Gang" who are spread throughout the East coast. Police said this "gang" seems to target vehicles parked near gyms as the victims, mostly women, leave their purses in their cars and break-in whether the car is locked or not.

Police believe a recent break-in incident at the Market Basket Plaza in Lee may be related, while they also said they've had vehicle thefts overnight in the neighborhood of Hunter Drive in Epping.

All departments are urging residents to lock car doors and to not to leave valuables in cars to prevent theft.

Anyone with information regarding any of the break-in incidents should contact their local police department.

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