GREENSBORO, N.C. — Deputies have arrested two suspects in connection with a rash of summer vehicle break-ins that occurred across North Carolina.
Deputies with the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office say Jorane Desilus, 19, of Pompano Beach, Fla., and Keith Lashun Taylor, 27, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., were arrested on Aug. 25 in Rowan County.
Investigators believe the suspects are linked to the “Felony Lane Gang” — an organized crime group that operates by having one group of people break into cars while a second group disguises themselves to resemble victim’s identification photos. Group members then go through the furthest lane from bank tellers at drive-thru locations and try to cash checks.
Desilus was later charged in Guilford County with six counts of felony breaking and/or entering a motor vehicle, four counts of misdemeanor larceny, 22 counts of felony financial card theft, two counts of felony financial card fraud and four counts of felony identity theft.
The break-ins were not isolated to Guilford County. Deputies say the culprits are also responsible for break-ins that occurred across Rowan, Mecklenburg and Lincoln counties in addition to the cities and towns of Charlotte, Greensboro, Kannapolis, Cornelius, Huntersville, Concord, Matthews, Elkin, Statesville, Cary, Spencer, Mooresville, Salisbury and Gastonia.
In Mecklenburg, Iredell, Rowan and Lincoln counties, Desilus faces an additional 26 counts of felony breaking and/or entering a motor vehicle, 21 counts of misdemeanor larceny, five counts of felony financial card theft, two counts of felony identity theft, one count of misdemeanor possession of stolen property and three counts of felony attempt to obtain property by false pretenses.
Similar charges are also pending against Desilus in Florida, deputies said.
While Taylor has not been charged in connection with any of the cases in Guilford County, he is charged in connection with numerous cases in Mecklenburg, Iredell and Rowan counties.
Charges against Taylor include 16 counts of felony breaking and/or entering a motor vehicle, 14 counts of misdemeanor larceny, three counts of felony financial card theft and two counts of felony flee to elude.