Crime / Public safety

Felony Lane Gang, watch out. This Arlington-made software will track you down

The Wynyard Group has provided crime analytics software to several law enforcement agencies investigating a loose network of purse-snatching identity thieves.

The "Felony Lane Gang" is a bunch of IRL identity thieves and petty criminals. (Photo via Twitter user @WCVB)

An interstate coalition of investigators is combating thieves in wigs with innovative crime analytics technology, including a program made by the Arlington-based Wynyard Group.
The “Felony Lane Gang,” a far-ranging network of car-window-smashing, purse-snatching, identity-thieving goons, has struck at least 34 states across the country, prompting 92 law enforcement agencies and other local organizations to put their heads together in bringing them to justice.
To better organize the intelligence gathering efforts, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in Indiana has begun using Wynyard’s Advanced Crime Analytics, which, combined with a data warehousing system made by CI Technologies, will allow investigators to make sense of the information with tools such as link analysis, mapping and visualizations.


The high-tech tool being used to fight the comparatively low-tech “Felony Lane Gang.” (Courtesy of the Wynyard Group)

“This gang continues to spread quickly, but putting crime solving analytics in the hands of investigators and intelligence analysts will help keep us ahead of these criminals,” Jeff Hammer, a sheriff’s office intelligence analyst, said in a release.
Here’s more on the fearsome gang’s modus operandi, per the release:

The Felony Lane Gang acquired its name based on the gang’s habit of using the furthest lane from video cameras and tellers of drive-through bank branches to cash stolen checks of up to $2,000. Using checkbooks and ID cards stolen from vehicles, the gang employs or coerces local recruits who resemble the victims to conduct the fraud. The thieves often used wigs in order to look more like their victims. The gang’s success with this technique has seen them grow and spread into at least 34 states, even after a number of gang members have been convicted and imprisoned.


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