Detectives Investigating Burglary Spree in Franklin, Grassland; Area residents asked to check home surveillance systems

Franklin, TN – Franklin Police are investigating a rash of overnight burglaries in two Lewisburg Pike subdivisions. In three separate cases, a suspectBurglar in Hoodie entered homes where residents were inside. In each of the cases, the suspect was opening unlocked car doors and using garage door remotes inside to gain entry into the homes.

The first call came into Franklin’s 911 Center at 3:51 am, where a man awoke to find an intruder inside of his Hunters Chase Subdivision home. The resident was awakened by the family dog barking.  When he went to investigate, he found the intruder standing in his kitchen. The suspect fled, and a police K9 was used to search the area, but the suspect was not located. Both vehicles in the driveway had been gone through, but nothing of value was taken, including several laptop computers and an iPad – all in plain view.

A short time later, calls began coming in from residents of the neighboring Dallas Downs Subdivision, where two homes and several more vehicles had been entered. A 2011 Toyota Tacoma was stolen from the driveway of a home in the 100 block of Heathersett Drive. The suspect took the keys to the vehicle from the kitchen, after entering the home through the garage to get them. The garage of a third home, also in Dallas Downs, was entered as well. The suspect, however, got no further than the garage because the door leading from the garage into that home was locked.

At 6:30 a.m., the suspect, driving the stolen Toyota truck, rear-ended a vehicle in Cool Springs. The suspect and stolen truck remain at large.

The suspect was wearing a dark sweatshirt and pants, and a baseball cap. He was last seen driving the stolen gray 2011 Toyota Tacoma with TN license plate “L 8380 M.” The truck is believed to now have front, right bumper damage from that hit and run crash.

At 11:06 a.m., a Hunter’s Chase resident reported a strange, unoccupied vehicle in their driveway. Officers determined that the vehicle had been stolen in Nashville on 10/19/2014 and abandoned at the Franklin home, overnight.

“These cases have our full attention,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “We will exhaust every lead until the suspect is in custody. In the meantime, we ask our residents to have an increased awareness – and join our officers in being vigilant against crime and criminals.”

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a series of overnight home and auto burglaries in the Grassland area of unincorporated Williamson County. Detectives believe that the cases are related. Residents of Hunters Chase, Dallas Downs, and Grassland who have home surveillance systems are asked to check their overnight video. Detectives are hopeful that a neighborhood camera may have caught an image of the suspect.  

To send an anonymous tip to Franklin Police, text the keyword 615FPD, along with your message to 847411 (Tip411), or call Franklin Police at (615) 794-2513
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