Courtesy Milton Police Department
MILTON, Ga., Jan. 20, 2012 - Milton police arrested a 43-year-old Pompano Beach, Fla., woman accused of being part of the national "Felony Lane Gang" Jan. 13 after she allegedly tried to cash a stolen check at a local bank.
Milton police said Kelly Marie Mazon-Perez was arrested at the RBC Bank on Ga. 9 while allegedly trying to fraudulently use the farthest drive-through teller lane, or "felony lane" in law enforcement parlance, to conceal her identity from the teller.
She reportedly had stolen checks from Miami Beach, Fla., a stolen driver's license from Chapel Hill, N.C. and was wearing a red wig to try and match the victim's photo on the ID.
While being interviewed by detectives, Mazon-Perez reportedly admitted to officers she was responsible for similar crimes in the metro Atlanta area under the tutelage of "handlers." She also allegedly confirmed her and their membership in the national Felony Lane Gang theft ring, which has seen members arrested or wanted in Henry County, Naperville, Ill. and McKinney, Texas. Additionally, Mazon-Perez reportedly made specific mention to similar activities in Trenton, N.J. and Philadelphia.
Based on Mazon-Perez's information, Secret Service agents were able to track the unidentified "handlers" to a hotel near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, said Detective Stephen Hewitt.
Hewitt said members of the Felony Lane Gang break into cars at day care centers and parks looking for checks, credit cards and driver's licenses belonging to suburban women. They then recruit women to cash the stolen checks, giving them rented cars and wigs to make it difficult to identify the suspects in multiple crimes. Hewitt said the handler always tags along in a different car to make sure the operation goes smoothly.
Mazon-Perez remains in Fulton County Jail on a $13,000 bond charged with six crimes, including first-degree forgery.