Police: Woman who broke into vehicles part of Felony Lane GangBy KIMBERLEY HAAS
Union Leader Correspondent
October 17. 2017 9:35PM
NORTHWOOD — Police in Northwood are searching for a woman they believe is part of the Felony Lane Gang.
According to Police Chief Glen Drolet, they have been investigating vehicle break-ins at Meadows State Park and Northwood School for two weeks. A detective obtained video footage from a local bank as evidence, which allegedly shows the woman using stolen debit cards from Hooksett and Rhode Island to obtain money.
Drolet said a warrant will be issued for Melonie Mahfouz, who has outstanding warrants in Northwood and South Carolina.
Drolet said the Felony Lane Gang is a criminal organization that commits similar crimes along the East Coast.
“Their MO is to use a rental car and then steal a plate that matches the state they are in and attach it to the rental vehicle while they commit the break-ins,” Drolet posted on the police department’s Facebook page Tuesday morning.
Drolet said they are working with police officers in Concord, Hooksett, Nottingham, Greenland and Northfield — all communities that have had recent car break-ins. Northwood officers are sharing information with departments in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. They are also working with the Felony Lane Gang Task Force in Washington, D.C., Drolet said.
On Tuesday afternoon, Drolet said the most important thing people can do to prevent their vehicle from being broken into is lock the doors. He said valuables should be moved to the trunk and not left on the passenger seat or center console.
The Felony Lane Gang has a known presence in New Hampshire. In February of last year, five gang members from Florida were arrested in Salem at the Red Roof Inn, where police found stolen credit and debit cards, as well as checks.
In April of 2016, a California woman connected to the gang was arrested after she tried to cash a stolen check in Milford.
Members of the gang tend to target day care centers, fitness clubs and supermarket parking lots, according to police officials who track their activities.