PD: Felony Lane Gang may be working Tri-State

Posted at 8:11 PM, Feb 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-25 20:20:28-05

MIAMI TWP., Ohio - You might not have heard of the Felony Lane Gang, but they may be coming to your neighborhood soon.

It's a nationwide criminal organization that breaks into cars to steal items and assume a person's identity.

They may have already struck in Clermont County's Miami Township. Police there need help to identify a photo they want to question about theft, passing bad checks and forgery (See the photo above). She's suspected of passing bad checks at a Huntington Bank Branch there.

 "There were two checks that were cashed. They were in total for about $3,000," said Det. Dan Tobias.

What's worse is the checks and the driver's license used at the bank were stolen.

"Huntington Bank told me that the license of the female that was a customer at Huntington Bank -- that female lived in Beavercreek, Ohio."

Tobias quickly send the picture to Greater Cincinnati Police agencies, then got a call from a group called the Felony Lane Gang Task Force.

"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.

 "They are complicated to investigate," Tobias said.

In case you're wondering, here's how the Felony Lane Gang got its name:

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."