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Fla. man arrested for YMCA car break-ins linked to Felony Lane Gang

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Posted at 10:48 AM, Jan 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-26 16:31:41-05

HENRICO, Va. – Henrico police have made an arrest linked to the notorious Felony Lane Gang after cars windows were broken and items stolen from the YMCA parking lot in Glen Allen.

Nineteen-year-old Ricardo Jean-Marie, of Pompano Beach, Florida, was charged with ten counts of credit card theft and ten counts of conspiracy to commit credit card theft. There were also two male juveniles with Jean-Marie who were charged with one count of credit card theft each and placed into detention.

Jean-Marie, who police said is held without bond.

“An inventory of the vehicle discovered evidence from the previous larceny from autos on Nuckols Road along with other offenses occurring in the Tidewater area,” said Lt. Chris Eley with Henrico County Police.

Secret Service agents said the Felony Lane Gang use rental cars to commit their crimes, which have been happening from Florida to Maine, and tend to pop up in an area for a few weeks before moving to their next target.

The gang targets daycares, parks, gyms, shopping centers — anywhere there are a lot of cars and trucks in a parking lot.

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Henrico police said that they observed a vehicle leaving the property and a traffic stop was made due to an equipment violation. Jean-Marie was driving a rental vehicle, and the leasing agency informed police the vehicle was being operated outside of the lease agreement and asked police to take possession of the vehicle.

During a police inventory of the vehicle, evidence was recovered that led to Jean–Marie being charged.

Around 3:30 p.m. Saturday a woman came outside and saw glass from her shattered car window, and her purse and wallet had been stolen. Police said over the weekend that they believed only two cars had their windows smashed out.

Still, those who go to the YMCA said it is a reminder to never leave your valuables in plain sight.

“Protect yourself and protect your stuff,” YMCA member Deseree Bey said. “You don’t want people getting your social security card, your identification.”

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.