Three Florida residents, who were arrested in Harford County last weekend and charged with multiple counts of theft and identity fraud, are allegedly part of an interstate theft ring known as the Felony Lane Gang, according to county police and prosecutors.
All three have been released from the Harford County Detention Center on bond since they were arrested July 18 south of Bel Air following a traffic stop by a deputy sergeant with the Harford County Sheriff's Office, according to court records.
Ashley Dupuis, 22, of Port Richey, Fla., Shaundrick Lowe, 25, and Ja'Marri Barnes, 20, both of Lauderhill, Fla., were pulled over shortly before noon at the intersection of Route 24 and Bel Air South Parkway.
The three were in a 2014 Nissan Maxima with Florida plates when Sgt. Peter Georgiades pulled them over, according to the statement of charges.
Georgiades reported that he found a checkbook, Maryland driver's license, Pennsylvania license plate and a debit card, which had all been reported stolen, along with two center punches, "which have an intended purpose of breaking vehicle windows," according to charging documents, which also state occupants of the vehicle allegedly tried to rip the checkbook apart.
The debit card and Maryland license were reported stolen while the owner was visiting Newark, Del., on July 14. Dupuis allegedly went to an APG Federal Credit Union branch on Laurel Bush Road in Abingdon on July 18, where she allegedly tried to cash a check for $1,000 while pretending to be the victim, according to charging documents.
Dupuis fled when a teller asked her to provide a social security number, according to the statement of charges.
Dupuis, Lowe and Barnes have been charged with two counts of theft, receiving a lost credit card, altering physical evidence, possession of burglary tools, rogue and vagabond and identity theft.
Dupuis, who according to court records faces additional charges of identity theft, forgery of private documents and attempted theft, was released on $17,500 bond Monday. She has District Court trial dates scheduled Aug. 24 and 25
Barnes and Lowe appeared before Harford County District Court Judge Susan Hazlett Monday for a bail hearing, where Hazlett reviewed each man's bail separately. Marcus Jenkins, of the Harford County Public Defender's Office, represented both.
Jenkins said Lowe is not married, does not have any children and lives with his mother in the Fort Lauderdale area. Jenkins said his client does not have a record of prior failures to appear in court, and he asked Hazlett to consider reducing his bond.
Assistant State's Attorney Daniel Salem said Lowe is believed to be part of the Felony Lane Gang, which allegedly has been involved in thefts of people's personal documents from vehicles in the Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia regions, along with Georgia and North Carolina.
"He does represent an extreme flight risk," Salem said.
Lowe was being held on $35,000 bail, and Hazlett raised it to $50,000, "given the circumstances," she said.
Jenkins also asked Hazlett to consider reducing Barnes' bond. He said Barnes lives in the Fort Lauderdale area and is a member of Job Corps, a federal education and job training program for teens and young adults.
Jenkins said Barnes does not have a record of convictions, probation or failures to appear.
Salem argued that the judge should keep Barnes' bail set at $75,000.
"His purpose here [in Maryland] was purely for committing crime," Salem said.
Hazlett agreed to keep Barnes' bail where it was.
Lowe posted bond Tuesday. According to online court records, he also faces traffic charges for failing to obey a properly placed traffic device, using hands to use a hand held telephone while vehicle is in motion and starting a vehicle from stopped, standing, parking position when unsafe. He has a trial date of Aug. 25 in District Court on the criminal charges.
Barnes posted bond Wednesday and has a District Court trial date of Aug. 13.