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Feb 25, 2016 2:25 PM

Police: 5 arrested in Salem with links to national gang; credit, debit cards recovered

SALEM - Police arrested five people identified as members of the "Felony Lane Gang," and seized several credits cards, checks and debit cards from a room at the Red Roof Inn on Wednesday morning.

Police say they saw two people acting suspiciously in the parking lot of the hotel and went to investigate. One of the people involved, a woman, was staying in a room at the Inn and led officers to that room where three other people were staying.

The officers discovered an active arrest warrant out of Pennsylvania for the woman, Samantha Proffitt, 24, of New Albany, Indiana. They also smelled marijuana in the hotel room and asked to search the room.

During the search, they discovered items including the credit cards, debit cards, checks and a driver's license, some of which were reported stolen from a vehicle parked at a day care center in Salem and others reported stolen from a vehicle in Andover, Mass.

All five people were arrested and charged with receiving stolen property. They include:

Ashley Beach, 24, of Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.; Allen Clark, 26, of Oakland Park, Fla.; Courtney Manuel, 27, of Lauderhill, Fla.; and Cedrik Jones, 28 of Oakland Park, Fla.

In addition, Proffitt was charged with being a fugitive from justice.

According to police the Felony Lane Gang is a nationwide group that has been targeting vehicles at fitness centers, day cares and supermarkets.

The name developed because they reportedly use the outside lane at drive-through bank tellers to cash fraudulent checks, according to public service messages intended to warn the public about the scam. The gang targets moms who leave their purses behind while running into a daycare, the gym or a coffee shop. The suspects then dress up like their victims and try to cash checks or wire money.

All five arrested in Salem refused bail and were being held at the Rockingham County jail. They were scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.

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