Police: Gang of thieves is stealing women’s identities and writing fake checks

The latest incident was at the TD Bank in Old Bridge. Officials say that this has become a pattern in Central Jersey specifically.

News 12 Staff

Feb 8, 2023, 12:09 AM

Updated 523 days ago

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Law enforcement officials say that an alleged criminal gang accused of stealing identities across the country for years has struck again in New Jersey.
The latest incident was at the TD Bank in Old Bridge. Officials say that this has become a pattern in Central Jersey specifically. They say that an unidentified woman is accused of writing a bad check. She is also accused of stealing a woman’s purse while in Tinton Falls and then using the check at the TD Bank in Old Bridge.
Old Bridge police say this woman is accused of writing bad checks.
Officials say that this is typical of the group known as the “Felony Lane Gang.”
“Typically, only men break into the cars and then from there, they'll have females who fit the part of the victim. They'll steal up to 10 handbags and go through those items. They'll find junkies, drug addicts and they’ll try to find somebody who matches the description of the identification they stole from the victim,” says Old Bridge Police Lt. Michael Blahota.
He says that these women will write fictitious checks and typically go to TD Banks to cash them.
Officials say the Felony Lane Gang originated in Florida about 10 years ago. The group targets mothers across the country. The women will typically wear wigs to disguise themselves.
They mainly travel to places where someone would typically leave their purse in their car, such as a gym or park. The thieves then break into the cars and steal the bags and identifications.
Anyone who may have any information about the crimes is asked to contact the Old Bridge Police Department.


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