Authorities in Egg Harbor Township say a pair of women have been charged in connection to numerous vehicle break-ins in that municipality and others across the state.

EHT Police say on seven different occasions this year, officers were called to the Nature Reserve on Zion Road for reports of vehicles that had been burglarized in a specific way with similar items taken each time.

According to officials, typically a vehicle's window was smashed and a purse or wallet that contained credit cards, identification, cash, and other items was taken. These smash-and-grabs took place within a matter of minutes and the suspects quickly left the area.

Called a "Felony Lane Gang"-style burglary, criminals target people who are enjoying parks, gyms, or local sporting events where someone might leave their valuables inside of a car instead of carrying them.

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This past week, EHT Police were contacted by the Oakland Police Department in Bergen County which had arrested two women whom they believed were linked to at least one incident in Egg Harbor Township.

An investigation determined that the pair were allegedly tied to at least two burglaries at the nature reserve.

Two charged

54-year-old Tanya Thomas of Cleveland, OH, and 35-year-old Krista Luckenbill of Reading, PA, were not only charged in Oakland, but also in Voorhees, West Deptford, and Audubon with theft by deception, receiving stolen property, forgery, money laundering, false identity, and trafficking in personal identifying information.

On November 24th, charges were signed in Egg Harbor Township against Luckenbill for two incidents that happened in Plainfield and Scotch Plains for theft by deception, receiving stolen property, forgery, money laundering, false identity, and trafficking in personal identifying information where items from the EHT burglaries were used, according to police.

Additionally, for the incidents that took place in Egg Harbor Township, the pair was also charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to commit theft.

The public is reminded that charges are accusations and all persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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