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Suspected affiliate of nationwide ‘Felony Lane’ smash-and-grab crew facing charges in N.H.

Roseann m. Revels. Portsmouth, N.H., Police

A suspected affiliate of the notorious Felony Lane Gang, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., group that prowls the country stealing checkbooks and identification cards from unattended vehicles, is facing charges in New Hampshire for allegedly trying to cash purloined checks, police said.

Roseann M. Revels, 37, of Rockledge, Fla. is charged in two separate incidents in Portsmouth, N.H. that occurred on Dec. 20 and Jan. 17.

“Revels is alleged to have used stolen identification documents to cash, or attempt to cash, stolen checks at local banks under an assumed identity,” Portsmouth police said Thursday in a statement. “Revels is believed to be affiliated with the Felony Lane Gang (FLG), which is a nationwide crime group who ‘target moms.’ ”


Revels is currently in custody in New York and will be extradited to New Hampshire at a later date. She’s charged out of Portsmouth with three counts of forgery, two counts of theft by deception, two counts of identity fraud, and three counts of receiving stolen property, police said.

Portsmouth officers credited the public with submitting a barrage of tips that helped identify Revels.

“A little while back, our fair city was targeted by the Felony Lane Gang and several vehicles were broken into,” the release said. “Purses, money, identifications were stolen to perpetrate further crimes. We put out pictures of the female that was involved in these types of crimes and you all responded and shared the information in droves!!!”

Police also detailed the gang’s brazen M.O.

“The FLG’s calling card is breaking into vehicles, stealing purses, and using the stolen ID’s, credit cards, and debit cards to complete fraudulent check transactions at banks,” the statement said. “The FLG generally operate in groups with surveillance and counter surveillance units. Women are generally used to cash the stolen checks and often adorn wigs and drive rental vehicles with stolen license plates.”


Federal authorities say the gang is based in Fort Lauderdale.

In a 2013 report, the FBI National Gang Intelligence Center said the Felony Lane outfit was active in at least 23 states.

“The gang primarily targets women who leave purses in their vehicles at locations such as fitness centers, parks, and day care centers,” the report said.

They also hit Massachusetts last fall.

In October, North Reading police warned residents of a spike in Felony Lane activity, resulting in a wave of car break-ins and related theft and fraud in the area.

Portsmouth police said Thursday that they “continue to work with numerous law enforcement agencies in New England on similar investigations.”

Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.