Four members of a Florida gang that was operating in Knox County and surrounding areas were convicted on Monday of fifteen felonies for identity theft, theft over $2,500 and burglary of a vehicle after stealing women's purses and impersonating them at area banks, according to a news release from the Knox County District Attorney's office.
Members of this cell included Lindsay Alex Rosenfeldt, 29, Demetrius Jamal Gunn, 28, Jarvis Letrey Lewis, 32, Weldon Jermaine Glinton, 33, and Joshua Chai Spicy, 43.
Prosecutors in DA Charme Allen’s White Collar Unit dismantled an entire cell of the Felony Lane Gang. The group specifically targeted white woman going into places like daycares, parks, and gyms, as the victims were most likely to leave their purses in their vehicles at these locations, according to the release.
The Felony Lane Gang is not a street gang- the name refers to the type of scam used. The “felony lane” is a bank drive-through lane that is the farthest away from the bank teller. An identity thief uses that particular one in the hopes a teller won't question their identity.
Rosenfeldt would wear a wig to look more like the victim and then cashed checks from the victims at various banks in Knox County, all while using the bank drive-through.
The group was found on February 24, 2017, when officers with the Clinton Police Department stopped a car with Lewis, Spicy, and Glinton in it. During the traffic stop, the release said, officers found identification cards, credit/debit cards, and/or checks belonging to eighteen people.
Ten of those were recent victims of vehicle burglaries reported in Knox County. The Clinton Police Department and Anderson County Sheriff’s Office then reached out to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office to pursue the case in Knox County. During the investigation, they found that the co-defendants had worked together to break into vehicles and steal IDs, credit cards, checks, etc. from white women, the release said.
“The greatest thing you can do to protect yourself is lock your car doors and do not leave valuables in your car, especially in plain view,” DA Charme Allen said in the release. “You may think you’re safe because you will only be gone a few minutes, but that is exactly what this group targets.”