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Updated: Friday, May 23 2014, 06:31 PM CDT
Dozens of car break-ins and a high speed chase in Bee Cave could be linked to an organized crime ring out of Florida.
Bee Cave Police Detective William Pitmon tells us nearly 20 cars were broken into Thursday night around 7 p.m. at the Bee Cave Central Park and Field of Dreams.
Laurie Byington was teaching a fitness class when the crooks took off with her belongings.
"No sound, no. And it really wasn't even 100 yards away," said Byington, "I had my passport, my social security card, my driver's license all credit cards."
She says the suspects also hit four other people with her.
"As we were standing there we find there was another woman," said Byington.
Pitmon says Lakeway police caught up with the two suspects during a routine traffic stop on RR 620.
The two men took police on a wild ride driving a rental car with stolen plates
"They were traveling on Ranch Road 620 at speeds of 70 to 75 miles per hour," said Pitmon.
In a matter of five minute the suspects side swiped a car.
Pitmon said they also "were flinging items out of the car. When they got to Bee Cave Parkway and 620 they got into a collision which disabled their vehicle."
Both ran away.
Police caught 24-year-old Michael Lamar Lee of Florida hiding in a shed at Just for Paws Kennel.
Owner Marc Van Orden luckily didn't run into him, but was on high alert all night.
"I definitely heard movement through the brush behind our property line," said Van Orden.
Byington did get her belongings back, but with the other suspect missing she has advice for others.
"Just be careful what's around you," she said.
Police believe the thieves are part of the Felony Lane Gang, a group based out of Florida that travels across the country stealing identities and valuables. They have been known to target women at parks, ball fields and gyms.
Lee has been charged with several counts of burglary of a vehicle. More charges are expected to be added.
The other suspect on the loose is described as an African-American male, around 5'11''-6'2'' with tattoos, a head injury and in his 20s. He was last seen wearing a burnt orange shirt and no shoes.
If you have any information call the Bee Cave Police Department at 512-767-6662.