Irmo police are searching for a woman in connection with an ongoing string of vehicle break-ins and check forgeries.
Police say on Tuesday, 27-year-old Brandilyn Kersey of Florida tried to cash a forged $1,500 check at the drive-thru at First Citizens Bank on Lake Murray Boulevard.
But the woman whose name was on the check had reported the theft of her checkbook and other bank information.
When a teller tried to alert others of the attempted bank fraud, police say Kersey drove off.
The State newspaper reports that authorities believe Kersey is one of as many as 10 people involved in a “felony lane gang” operating in the Midlands.
“Felony lane” refers to the outside lane of a bank drive-thru that suspects often use to cash stolen checks because they feel they're not being closely watched in that lane.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott told the newspaper he thinks members of the gang recently stole more than $25,000 from Midlands banks after breaking into vehicles parked at sports fields and gyms; stealing checks, driver's licenses and credit cards; then cashing forged checks at a number of banks.
Authorities say they've arrested one person believed to be linked to the incidents.
Police say 26-year-old Byron Robinson was left behind at a motel when other suspects fled as officers pursued the gang members in a car chase along Garners Ferry Road and I-77.