by: Erica Byfield Updated:
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - A group called the
Felony Lane Gang is draining women's bank accounts.
Law enforcement throughout the United States refer to the thieves as the
Felony Lane Gang because they cash stolen checks in the furthest drive-through lane away from bank tellers.
Atlanta police tell Channel 2 Action News their detectives are investigating eight recent thefts involving this group.
Police said the thieves target women at churches, parks, schools and post offices.
"They saw that I didn't have a bag on my shoulder and they went in for the kill within a minute and a half," Natalie Wilson said.
Wilson's purse was stolen from a church parking lot.
She told Channel 2's Erica Byfield the crooks took $18,000 from her checking account.
Police said the
gang is well-organized. The criminals typically steal two purses, and then take both victims' driver's licenses and checks to the far lane at a bank to cash them.
Det. Joseph York said this should be a wake-up call to all women. He also told Byfield the criminals typically
"A lot of times the cases have involved wigs, makeup,
glasses, different things like that to hide their identities or make themselves look a lot more like this idea they've stolen," he said.
York added he's also tracked the Felony Lane Gang to thefts in DeKalb and Cobb counties.