SHARONVILLE, Ohio -- Police arrested six men Saturday who they say are members of the "Felony Lane Gang." Five of the suspects are from Florida; the other is from New Jersey.
The group is due in Hamilton County court Monday morning: Tariq Naim Smith, 22, of Lauderhill, Florida; Devonte Jean-Pierre, 21, of Flemington, New Jersey; Prince Oliver, 22, of Ft. Lauderdale; Kevin Daevon Lanier, 21, of Sunrise, Florida; Marquis Marae Johnson, 19, of Sunrise, Florida; Ourian Duroseau, 21, of Ft. Lauderdale. All are charged with receiving stole property and possessing criminal tools.
Sharonville police found the men in the Econo Lodge on Chester Road, according to arrest records, They were found with fraudulent checks, stolen forms of identification and "criminal tools" in the hotel rooms and cars.
The Felony Lane Gang is a nationwide criminal organization that breaks into cars to steal items and assume a person's identity, according to police. A person passing a bad check traditionally uses the drive-through lane as far away from the teller's window as possible to try to avoid detection. That's thew "felony lane."
In February, Clermont County authorities were alerted by the Felony Lane Gang Task Force after they reported bad checks being passed in Miami Township.
"They possibly believed that she had struck in another state and done the exact same thing in another state and wanted to know if they could post that information on their Facebook page," Tobias said.
That task force is investigating similar crimes all across the country. They say thieves case places like day care centers and health clubs. Then, when there's no one around, they break into cars, steal purses, wallets and checkbooks, and assume that victim's identity.
WCPO reporter Tom McKee contributed to this report.