Posted: Apr 7, 2014 12:02 PM
Updated: Apr 7, 2014 12:02 PM
Source: EBR Sheriff's Office
BATON ROUGE - Three members of the national "Felony Lane Gang" were arrested by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office says the three were in the parish for the purpose of burglarizing vehicles and stealing identities.
John Wright, Curtis Standley, and Tony Lester are charged with three counts of simple burglary, three counts of theft, three counts of criminal damage to property and possession of burglary tools. All three are from Pompano Beach, Florida. Wright is facing five additional charges from vehicle burglaries in February out of Baton Rouge.
Deputies were called to the Burbank Soccer Complex Saturday morning after two vehicle burglaries in which purses were stolen. A third vehicle burglary occurred in the Oak Hill's Subdivision BREC Park overnight.
The sheriff's office received a call from Chase Bank on Corporate Boulevard and were told that a woman attempted to cash a stolen check. The check belonged to one of the burglary victims and the ID used belonged to another. The woman left before deputies could arrive. Two stolen checks were written out to the victim with the ID for $2,000 and $1,700.
A description of the woman's vehicle was sent out, and it was stopped in Port Allen by the West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office.
A search warrant found tools for shattering windows and receipts belonging to Standley and Wright showing money transferred to a woman in Florida.
Investigators say Standley admitted to coming to Baton Rouge from Florida with Wright and Lester to break into vehicles and steal personal information.
The investigation is ongoing with more arrests and charges pending.