ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A South Carolina woman is in custody in connection with what authorities describe as a group breaking into vehicles and stealing checks and identifications across the country.

Thursday’s statement from the Asheville Police Department said it had received several phone calls about a woman trying to cash stolen checks at local banks. Officers tracked down the woman and arrested her.

The department notified the U.S. Secret Service, which is now assisting in the investigation. Police say the ring has operated in western North Carolina and South Carolina.

Police said 50-year-old Vicky Lynn Brantley of Greenville, S.C., is being held under $200,500 bond on several charges, including identity theft and possession of drug paraphernalia. It couldn’t be immediately determined if Brantley had an attorney.