Three out-of-town men believed to be part of the “Felony Lane” organized crime gang were arrested Saturday following two car burglaries and attempted fraud at an East Naples Walmart.
Justin O’Neal Ferrell, 25, of Hallandale Beach, and William Charles Gregory, 24, of Miami, face multiple burglary, conspiracy, theft and fraud charges following their arrest Saturday. Deron Edward Holmes, 25, of Jonesboro, Ga., also faces an unarmed burglary charge.
Collier County sheriff’s deputies started their investigation after two victims reported their car windows smashed and several items, including credit cards, stolen at Veterans Community Park. Deputies asked the victims to call their credit card companies, which said purchases were being made at an East Naples Walmart.
Deputies located the suspects, made arrests, and reviewed surveillance video, an arrest report said. Ferrell tried to make a $600 purchase with one of the victims’ stolen credit card, but it was declined, the report said. Holmes successfully bought a $300 gift card, which he then used to pay for an Xbox video game system, deputies said. Gregory also helped in the burglaries, deputies said.
During a search of the suspects’ vehicle, several illegally obtained items were found, including two iPads, two Xbox consoles and a spring-loaded window punch, deputies said.
Because the suspects were from out of town, as well as the nature of the burglaries, deputies believe the men are part of the “Felony Lane” gang, a South Florida group of criminals known for smash-and-grabs that result in fraudulent purchases on credit cards. Ferrell and Gregory face multiple charges because they admitted to the burglaries, the report said. Holmes faces one charge because he didn’t confess, deputies said.