Tallahassee, Florida (AP)- June 28, 2012
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Lincoln Police say three Florida woman they arrested on suspicion of forging more than $19,000 in bad checks around town are likely part of a roaming group of thieves targeting the Midwest.
Lincoln Police Ofc. Katie Flood says the women were caught after a high-speed chase on Monday ended with a crash that sent five people to hospitals.
Erica Maria Martinez and Britney Nicole Baker, both of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Jennifer L. Lumpkin of Tamarac, Fla., were arrested on Tuesday and Wednesday after they were released from the hospital. They each face nine counts of felony forgery.
Police believe the women were part of the "Felony Lane Gang." Thieves in the gang steal checks and IDs from cars, and then recruit women to pass bad checks at banks.