Sheriff's office warns residents about "Felony Lane Gang" - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Sheriff's office warns residents about "Felony Lane Gang"

WYNNE, AR (KAIT)- The Cross County Sheriff's Office is warning residents about a gang traveling through the area breaking the windows of cars and stealing whatever they can find.

The group is called the "Felony Lane Gang" who originated out of Florida. The gang is known for stealing checks, credit cards and identification then going to local banks and cashing checks with the ID they have just stolen. They usually wear wigs and disguise themselves to match the identification.

According Cross County Sheriff's Office, Village Creek State Park was hit just last week. Cars were broken into and personal items were taken.

The  "Felony Lane Gang" originated out of Florida. The gang is known for stealing checks, credit cards and IDs then going to local banks and cashing checks with the ID they have just stolen.

"They just continue to move, move around the country doing these sprees wherever they go," said park ranger, Brandon Thomas.

Thomas said they usually don't have a lot of break-ins at Village Creek State Park but last week they had two in one day.

"There was one break-in from a state police officer's personal vehicle was broken into," said Thomas. "His wife's purse was stolen, his officer ID and badge was also stolen at that time."

He said the next day they found out another vehicle was also broken into that same evening.

"After looking at everything we determined that it could possibly be someone with the felony lane gang," Thomas said.

The "Felony Lane Gang" is known for stealing credit cards, checks and identification then going to local banks cashing those checks disguised as the victim.

"Breaking into vehicles at park, gyms, daycares, places where women would leave their purse in their vehicle," he said. "These folks are good at what they do, this felony lane gang is known for their motives and how they break into vehicles, that's how we identified them."

Thomas said officers are constantly patrolling the park to make sure something like this does not happen again.

"We have two commission officers here at the park, we typically patrol. We are here on call 24/7 so if any visitors need us we are on call," he said.

He said people should be careful what they leave inside their vehicle.

"You don't want to leave anything in the vehicle that you don't want to come up missing is the safest measure I can give you," he said. "This is a nationwide thing, these folks do not just stay in one particular region."

A detective at the Cross County Sheriff's Office says the investigation is ongoing. Thomas said there is evidence the gang could now be in Oklahoma after they used one of the stolen credit card.

Copyright 2013 KAIT. All rights reserved.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Crews work to restore power to residents following overnight storm damage

    Crews work to restore power to residents following overnight storm damage

    Saturday, March 25 2017 11:28 AM EDT2017-03-25 15:28:38 GMT
    Saturday, March 25 2017 3:55 PM EDT2017-03-25 19:55:56 GMT
    (Source: Craighead Electric Cooperative Facebook Page)(Source: Craighead Electric Cooperative Facebook Page)

    Several residents affected by overnight storms may have to wait a while before their power is restored.

    Several residents affected by overnight storms may have to wait a while before their power is restored.

  • City incinerator cut off following early morning storm damage

    City incinerator cut off following early morning storm damage

    Saturday, March 25 2017 10:37 AM EDT2017-03-25 14:37:51 GMT
    Saturday, March 25 2017 3:54 PM EDT2017-03-25 19:54:49 GMT
    (Source: Bill Campbell)(Source: Bill Campbell)

    The city of Jonesboro announced Saturday morning that access to the city's incinerator has been cut off in the wake of storms that rolled through the area.

    The city of Jonesboro announced Saturday morning that access to the city's incinerator has been cut off in the wake of storms that rolled through the area.

  • New business comes to Bono

    New business comes to Bono

    Friday, March 24 2017 11:38 PM EDT2017-03-25 03:38:07 GMT
    Friday, March 24 2017 11:45 PM EDT2017-03-25 03:45:53 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    One-third of the Jim Co Factory building in Bono will now be used as another factory, bring six to eight jobs to the city.

    One-third of the Jim Co Factory building in Bono will now be used as another factory, bring six to eight jobs to the city.

Powered by Frankly