Authorities say they've captured a second person involved in a crime operation in the Midlands where a gang of suspects steals personal information and then commits fraud at multiple banks.
The State newspaper reports that 27-year-old Brandilyn Kersey was taken into custody at a Columbia home.
Kersey is said to be a member of a “felony-lane gang” that has been breaking into vehicles, stealing checks, credit cards and identification, and then forging checks and trying to cash them at banks.
“Felony-lane” refers to the practice of using the drive-thru lane farthest from the bank in the belief it's more difficult to visually check a person's identity and actions.
The newspaper reports that in the gang's most recent activity, the group stole an estimated $25,000 in one week from various Midlands banks.
Kersey was identified as a gang member when she allegedly attempted to cash a bogus check using a stolen driver's license at an Irmo bank. Bank personnel were on the lookout for such activity.
She faces a lengthy list of charges ranging from forgery to fraud.
Another member of the gang was arrested earlier this month when police tracked suspects to a Columbia motel off Garners Ferry Road.
Most of the suspects got away following a car chase, but investigators say 26-year-old Byron Robinson was taken into custody after he was left at the motel.
He was arrested on conspiracy charges.