Felony Lane Gang mem­ber ad­mits to 6 counts

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Kait­lyn Foti kfoti@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @kait­lyn­foti on Twit­ter

NOR­RIS­TOWN >> A mem­ber of the Felony Lane Gang ad­mit­ted to a num­ber of crimes Mon­day in Mont­gomery County Court.

Brandy Jean Crews, 37, of Tal­la­has­see, Florida, pleaded guilty in front of Judge Gary S. Silow to six felony charges of theft, con­spir­acy and re­lated of­fenses, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments. She was ar­rested in con­nec­tions to the “multi-state or­ga­nized crime group,” ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint, af­ter a lengthy in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the gang.

The group of in­di­vid­u­als as­so­ci­ated with the gang would reg­u­larly com­mit thefts from cars, tar­get­ing ve­hi­cles in which women left purses unat­tended, ac­cord­ing to the com­plaint. Then, the gang would hire oth­ers to pose as the theft vic­tim to cash stolen or forged checks.

The group would use the far­thest lane from the teller at drive-through banks to avoid be­ing seen clearly by bank em­ploy­ees. The lane is some­times re­ferred to as the “felony lane” for that rea­son.

Crews was iden­ti­fied as one of the mem­bers of the group by in­ves­ti­ga­tors af­ter a num­ber of thefts were re­ported in Up­per Gwynedd, Hatfield, Mont­gomery and Up­per Me­rion town­ships. Fraud­u­lent trans­ac­tions con­nected to the vic­tims of those thefts were later re­ported at banks across sev­eral coun­ties.

On Feb. 26, 2016, Brandy Crews was de­nied when she at­tempted to cash a check at a Delaware County PNC branch, the com­plaint said. The check made out to one of the vic­tims of theft. Crews drove off, leav­ing be­hind the stolen check, iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and bank card.

Crews was foiled again later that day when at­tempt­ing to cash a check at a Ply­mouth Town­ship First Ni­a­gara Bank branch, ac­cord­ing to the com­plaint. The teller asked her ad­di­tional se­cu­rity ques­tions that Crews was un­able to an­swer, and sped off again, aban­don­ing an­other set of checks and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors were able to iden­tify Crews in the sur­veil­lance footage from these banks, also us­ing her Face­book pro­file and com­mu­ni­ca­tions with other sus­pected mem­bers of the “Felony Lane Gang.”

Crews made an open guilty plea to the felonies in court, and a sen­tenc­ing hear­ing will be sched­uled af­ter a pre-sen­tence in­ves­ti­ga­tion and drug, al­co­hol and men­tal health eval­u­a­tion can be com­pleted, as or­dered by Silow. Ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments, Crews will also be re­quired to tes­tify against fel­low al­leged mem­bers of the gang.

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