Two Members Of Felony Lane Gang Busted In Midst Of Crime Spree

WWJ News
January 18, 2020 - 4:32 pm
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Zacharias Allen (left) and Taylor Wasserman (photo: Royal Oak Police)

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ROYAL OAK (WW) - Police say two members of the Felony Lane Gang were arrested while in the middle of a crime spree in Oakland County. 

The suspects, 38-year-old Zacharias Allen and 22-year-old Taylor Wasserman, were taken into custody in a Royal Oak supermarket parking lot early Monday morning after they were caught allegedly breaking into vehicles in Royal Oak and Troy.   

"I am extremely proud of my officers. The Felony Lane Gang is a notorious and dangerous criminal organization and they are very hard to catch. Within six hours of hitting Royal Oak we had them in custody," Police Chief Corrigan O’Donohue said in a statement.

Royal Oak officers first responded to investigate two reports of larceny from vehicles. Both had their rear windows smashed, with a backpack and purse stolen. One of the victims' stolen credit cards was immediately used to purchase gift cards at Meijer and Rite Aid in Troy.  

The suspects then struck at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy, and fled the area in a white Chevy Blazer with a Florida license plate.

Officers familiar with the Felony Lane Gang immediately began surveillance on likely target areas and located the suspect vehicle unoccupied in the area of 12 Mile Road and Stephenson Highway. Officers set up a perimeter and eventually located Allen and Wasserman, both Florida residents. 

Detectives, along with members of an FBI Task Force that specializes in Felony Lane Gang investigations, were also able to identify a third suspect. A warrant has been issued for that suspect's arrest. 

Allen is charged with criminal enterprises -- conspiracy, burglary tools -- possession, conspiracy to commit identity theft, conspiracy to commit financial transaction device-stealing/retaining without consent, two counts of breaking and entering a vehicle with damage to vehicle, personal identifying information -- obtain/possess/transfer with intent to commit identity theft, and two counts of financial transaction device -- stealing/retaining without consent.

Officials say Allen has an extensive criminal history from Florida and Tennessee with various weapons and assault convictions including felony battery of a pregnant individual, kidnap/false imprisonment, aggravated battery of police officer, resisting police, lewd lascivious act with a child, and drug charges. 

Wasserman is charged with criminal enterprises -- conspiracy, conspiracy to commit identity theft, conspiracy to commit financial transaction device-stealing/retaining without consent, and financial transaction device -- stealing/retaining without consent.

Wasserman’s criminal history includes convictions for misdemeanor shoplifting from Georgia. 

The Felony Lane Gang is a Florida-based criminal gang that is well known to police. Its members have targeted moms in 40 states over the last decade, stealing purses, IDs, checkbooks and credit cards. The suspects then utilize the farthest drive through lane from the bank building to conduct the fraudulent transactions, hence the name "Felony Lane Gang."

Both suspects were arraigned on Thursday. Allen's bond was set at $250,000 and Wasserman's bond was set at $150,000. They are due back in court on Jan. 24.