'Felony Lane Gang' victim pushes for alternative punishment
BATON ROUGE - A victim of the Felony Lane Gang is pushing for an out of the ordinary punishment for the group who is accused of targeting her. She wants to see them get a job and pay all of the money back.
Robin Vaughan said she felt violated when thieves broke the window of her car and stole her purse. Her checkbook, credit cards, drivers license and other important materials had to be cancelled and replaced. Recently, she learned the group accused of committing the act was part of an organized crime gang known to the FBI.
"How dare them, to take something that belonged to me," Robin Vaughan said. "That's the first thing that went through my mind. Then the second thing was I have to get to the bank and change my checking account."
That's exactly what Vaughan did. However, it came a little too late. Checks had been cashed totaling nearly $7,800 dollars, according to court documents.
"It's not about the $7,800 that they took from my bank account," Vaughan said. "It's about the mindset of these people that they can take anything they want without giving anything back."
The Felony Lane Gang is implicated in at least 13 burglaries in the Baton Rouge area. Court records show cars were broken into on Westfork near Sherwood Forest, Summa Avenue near Essen Lane and Jefferson Highway near Essen Lane.
Vaughan said instead of having taxpayers spend more money on them, she wants to see an alternative punishment imposed for taking away her sense of security. She's not so sure prison is the answer.
"They are still costing society," Vaughan said. "Go to work, and pay back all the money they stole from hard working people."
All of the suspects have posted bond from the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. They face multiple felony theft and burglary charges.