Three people were arrested this week for their involvement in the ongoing statewide trend, known to law enforcement agencies as "Felony Lane."
The trend involves a group of suspects operating as such: Male suspects scope out areas where women are known to leave their purses in their parked cars, such as schools, daycares, parks, gyms, and churches. The suspects, usually using a rental car with dark temporary tint on the windows, pull up next to the victim's car, punch a hole in the window, and take off with the purse. The entire crime takes less than 60 seconds. They then give the stolen driver's licenses to female accomplices who use wigs and disguises to take stolen checks to the farthest lane at a bank drive-through (hence the phrase "felony lane"), and cash the checks. They typically also fill up their cars with stolen credit cards.
31-year-old Geffery Pierre (DOB 8/12/1981), of North Miami, and his accomplice, 22-year-old Brittany Leann Branch (DOB 1/8/1990) of Land O'Lakes, were both arrested this week in Bunnell (Flagler County), Florida. Pierre and Branch are suspected of burglarizing several vehicles in the Lake Wales area, and then taking the stolen ID's and checks and cashing them at local banks. They utilized a gold Oldsmobile, or a burgundy Ford Fusion, and were known to operate in the Miami area as well. Polk County law enforcement agencies have local charges for both of them.
28-year-old Kimberly "KK" Nicole Brogdon (DOB 8/16/1984) of Orlando was arrested on August 28, 2012, in Orange County, and has been positively identified as a "felony lane casher" in Augusta, Georgia, as well as in Lakeland and Winter Haven.
The investigation into these suspects' criminal activity in Polk County is ongoing, and charges are pending.
If you have any information about these three suspects or this trend, please contact the Polk County Sheriff's Office at 863.298.6200.