Vestavia Hills Police bust regional identity theft ring


Vestavia Hills police make a big bust. They’ve arrested four people from Florida accused of using forged checks and stolen credit cards across the Southeast.

On Tuesday, June 26, police say three men and a woman went to the Regions Bank on Highway 31 in Vestavia and tried to cash a check. The bank teller recognized the suspects from an internal memo sent to employees earlier this month.

The teller alerted authorities and the suspects were pulled over and arrested.

Working with other agencies, Vestavia police got a search warrant for a hotel room in the 5200 block of Messer Airport Highway. That’s where police found: 74 credit, debit, and gift cards; 27 forms of identification; 10 checkbooks; cash; drugs; and other stolen property belonging to people in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Nebraska, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

Police believe the suspects are members of the “Felony Lane Gang,” a nationwide group known for breaking into cars and stealing people’s identities.

The suspects are Joel Jones, 25, of Miami; Amy Luongo, 31, of Pembrook Pines, FL; Azell Canty, 28, of Opa Locka, FL; and Temorris Campbell, 29, of Miami.

They’re all being held in the Jefferson County Jail charged with unlawful possession of a forged instrument. Bond for Jones, Canty, and Campbell is set at $300,000. Bond for Luongo is set at $345,000.

Vestavia Police say this investigation is ongoing and they expect more charges later.

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