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Felony Lane Gang strikes Middle Tennessee again

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The FBI released a poster of Felony Lane Gang activity in Middle Tennessee. (Source: FBI) The FBI released a poster of Felony Lane Gang activity in Middle Tennessee. (Source: FBI)

The FBI is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying members and activities related to the Felony Lane Gang, a group of organized burglary and identity theft rings originating in South Florida and operating in multiple jurisdictions throughout the United States.

According to the FBI, these decentralized crews often operate independently with a loose hierarchy mimicking the method of operations outlined below.

The group utilizes rental vehicles with heavily-tinted windows to conduct surveillance in parking lots and steal identification documents, credit cards and checkbooks from unattended vehicles. The majority of these burglaries occur at gyms, fitness centers, daycare facilities and recreation areas where women would be more likely to leave their purses in their vehicles. FLG members then utilize the stolen checks and IDs to withdraw large sums of money at multiple banks before the victims have the opportunity to close their accounts.

Trixie Ring was a victim three years ago.

She says she left her purse in her car at the park to go for a walk with friends. When she came back, window glass was shattered and her purse was gone.

"They went straight to Walmart and purchased four $400 gift cards. They had stolen another lady's purse and taken her checks and wrote my name and cashed two $1,500 checks," said Ring.

The money meant little though compared to the fear she felt for her kids' safety.
Her ID with her home address was in the purse, as well as her kids' social security cards.

"I did not who they were, if they would come to my house," said Ring.

Since the victims are almost always female, FLG subjects have been known to recruit women, often prostitutes and drug users, from outside of the group to impersonate the victims. These women are known to successfully utilize disguises, such as wigs. The subjects will strategically choose the farthest window from the teller, in bank drive-thru lanes, to impersonate the customer while using a stolen ID. This drive-thru lane is commonly known as the “felony lane”, thus coining the name of this criminal enterprise.

"I was just amazed at how huge this organization is and how fast they move," said Wing.

If you have any information about this group. Contact your local FBI office.

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