Feb 25, 2016 4:54 PM
SALEM - Salem police say it was a coincidence they were able to catch five suspects just minutes after stealing from a woman who was dropping her child off at daycare.
A woman reported items stolen out of her vehicle around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Wonder Years Learning Center.
Just around 9:30 a.m., an officer noticed two people acting suspicious in the Red Roof Inn parking lot. After speaking with them, they found Samantha Proffitt, 24 of New Albany, Ind., had an active arrest warrant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Proffitt allowed police to search their hotel room where there was more than $1,500 worth of stolen credit and debit cards, checks, and driver’s licenses. Since no one in the room owned up to the thefts, all five people were arrested and charged.
Proffitt, Ashley Beach, 24 of Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., Allen Clark, 26 of Oakland Park, Fla., Courtney Manuel, 27 of Lauderhill, Fla., Cedrick Jones, 28 of Oakland Park, Fla., were all charged with receiving stolen property - a felony.
Proffitt was also charged with being a fugitive from justice.
Police say these suspects are part of what’s known nationwide as the “Felony Lane Gang” who targets daycares, shopping centers, and gyms looking for unlocked cars.
“It’s a big scheme and there’s a lot of working parts and they’ve been pretty much all over the country,” said Sgt. Justin Bagley.
All five were arraigned today and released on cash bail ranging from $7,500 to $15,000.
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