A member of the “Felony Lane Gang” who committed car burglaries and schemes in Will County has been apprehended, police said.
On Monday, Randi L. Randazzo, 29, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, was booked into the Will County jail on charges of continuing a financial criminal enterprise, defrauding financial institutions, identity theft and aggravated identity theft.
Police say Randazzo is a member of the Felony Lane Gang. The gang originated in Florida and operates throughout the country, according to the FBI.
The decentralized gangs often operate independently, according to the FBI.
In 2015, Randazzo worked with four other Felony Lane Gang members – Jerome B. Glinton, 28, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Marcus S. Parker, 35, also of Fort Lauderdale; and Stephanie S. Martin, 38, and Michael Butler, 37, both of Glen Burnie – to steal individuals’ identities and bank account information in Naperville and surrounding towns, police said.
Glinton, Parker, Martin and Butler have been convicted of identity theft in Will County.
Parker was also convicted of breaking into cars to steal information.
Naperville police Cmdr. Mike Son said in an email that the term “felony lane gang” is commonly associated with offenders who burglarize cars in hopes of stealing check books, then cashing checks at the victims’ banks.
The offenders usually employ women who wear wigs and sunglasses to mimic the appearance of their victims when they go to cash the checks, Son said.
The disguised women then use the drive-thru lane farthest from the building to avoid being seen up close by bank employees, Son said.
The slang term for this tactic is using the “felony lane,” hence the name of the gangs committing this type of fraud, he said.
Randazzo was charged with cashing stolen checks at several banks.
In 2016, Randazzo was picked out of a photo lineup by a bank teller and identified, Son said.