Lincoln police believe they have broken an identity theft ring that has been stealing from residents throughout the Midwest.
Two Florida women have been arrested; a third arrest is pending. All are accused of attempting to cash nine stolen checks totaling $19,000.
Lincoln Police Department spokeswoman, Officer Katie Flood, says police arrested the women after they wrecked their car in a Lincoln intersection while fleeing from police.
The women have been tagged “The Felony Lane Gang” because of the method they use to cash in checks after stealing identifications from residents throughout the Midwest.
“They choose the lane furthest from the teller in hopes to conceal their identity,” according to Flood. “They often don wigs, even sunglasses to appear more like the picture in that stolen ID.”
Erica Maria Martinez and Britney Nicole Baker, both of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and Jennifer Lumpkin of Tamarac, Florida have been arrested.
Flood says the women are suspected throughout the region.
“Since their arrests, we have heard from other police departments in the Midwest and northern states,” Flood says. “Banks in those other states have suffered losses of thousands of dollars from essentially this same Felony Lane Gang.”