Franklin Police and the FBI are releasing additional information about this morning’s robbery at the SunTrust Bank, 1109 Murfreesboro Road. Shortly after 9am, the suspect walked into the branch wearing a ski mask and brandishing a handgun. He left the bank after tellers complied with his demands – no one was hurt.
Investigators believe that the suspect fled in this silver colored sub-compact car. Detectives are working with witnesses who saw the suspect before he pulled the mask over his face, and believe this TBI composite sketch to be a good likeness of the suspect. Anyone with information is urged to contact Franklin Police or the FBI.
Franklin Police and the FBI are investigating a bank robbery. At 9:09 am, the suspect entered the SunTrust Bank at 1109 Murfreesboro Road. Once inside, he immediately approached the teller counter and announced the robbery. The suspect, who was wearing a ski mask and armed with a handgun, left with cash after the tellers complied. No one was hurt during the robbery.
Investigators do not believe that the suspect is still in the area. Additional photographs of the suspect and a possible suspect vehicle are forthcoming.
Detectives in Franklin want to identify the four suspects in these surveillance pictures. On December 14, the suspects went into the Target at 1701 Galleria Blvd. in Franklin and stole items valued at $2315. They were last seen driving away in a dark Chevy Tahoe.
Franklin Police have issued a *SILVER ALERT* for 82-year-old John Niznik.
Niznik was last seen driving a 1998 green Chevy Tahoe with Tennessee license plate 244 PFR. He was last seen at 8am, leaving his home in the Polk Place subdivision, destined for St. Philip Catholic Church in Franklin. It is unknown what he was wearing. Niznik has a heart condition and may be suffering from the early stages of dementia.
If you see Mr. Niznik, or have information on his whereabouts, call 9-1-1.
Antwuan T. Ayers Date of Birth: 06/12/1987 1506 Thomas Drive SW Decatur, AL 35601
At 3pm last night undercover Franklin Police Flex Officers witnessed Antwuan Ayers, of Decatur, AL, put several items of clothing from CoolSprings Galleria’s Crazy 8 into a shopping bag and up his jacket sleeve. Officers also found a “shopping list” on Ayers. Career thieves are often found with these types of lists, containing orders from others intending to buy the stolen merchandise. $355 in stolen merchandise was recovered from Ayers, who was charged with Theft. He is free on a $2,500 bond and due in court 01/07/2016 at 1pm.
Ashleigh N. Cox Date of Birth: 08/04/1989 712 Maple Place Nashville, TN 37206
Shaquita R. Fitzpatrick Date of Birth: 04/05/1993 1500 Porter Road #S6 Nashville, TN 37206
Just two hours later, undercover FPD Flex Officers watched Ashleigh Cox and Shaquita Fitzpatrick, both of Nashville, stuffing merchandise from Crazy 8 into a stroller (with a child inside), and in their jackets. Officers located additional stolen merchandise from the Galleria’s Hollister and American Eagle stores, along with stolen goods from Old Navy and Babies R Us in their vehicle.
In all, more than $2,000 in shoplifted merchandise was recovered in this incident. Also found in the vehicle was a “shopping list” containing sizes and stores, assisting the women with knowing which items to steal from what stores. Cox was charged with Felony Theft, Possession of Stolen Property, and Unlawful Possession of an Anti-Theft Device Removal Tool. She is free on a $6,000 bond. Fitzpatrick, free on a $5,000 bond, was charged with Felony Theft and Possession of Stolen Property. Both women are due in court 12/31/2015 at 1pm.
Tameka L. Crutcher Date of Birth: 02/16/1980 3721 Brodmor Huntsville, AL 35810
At the same time, another group of undercover Franklin Police Flex Officers watched Tameka Crutcher, of Huntsville, AL, steal several items of merchandise from Victoria’s Secret in the Mall. In addition to the $320 in stolen Victoria’s Secret merchandise officers recovered, they found $2,300 in eyeglasses she had stolen earlier, from LensCrafters, inside of her vehicle. Crutcher, charged with Felony Theft and Possession of Marijuana, is free on a $25,000 bond. She is due in court 12/31/2015 at 1pm.
Mickesha N. Malcolm Date of Birth: 10/20/1984 8223 Wilson Pike Cir Brentwood, TN 37069
Ten minutes later, at 5:10pm, officers were summoned to the nearby Kohl’s at 300 Spring Creek Drive, where security spotted 31-year-old Mickesha Malcolm, of Brentwood, concealing merchandise. Thirteen items, valued at more than $600, were discovered concealed in Malcolm’s purse. Malcolm, charged with Felony Theft, remains jailed on a $15,000 bond.
Franklin Police have a stern warning for shoplifters: If you steal in our City, you will be caught and arrested.
Franklin Police continue dedicated undercover operations, especially in the Cool Springs area, to detect and apprehend criminals in our shopping districts. The zero-tolerance op, combining marked and unmarked patrols, continues through the remainder of the Christmas shopping season.
At a special ceremony this morning at Police Headquarters, Franklin Police Chief Deborah Faulkner promoted Master Patrol Officer Amy Butler to Sergeant, and Sergeant Rick Clouse to the rank of Lieutenant. “These police veterans have proven their ability to lead and inspire,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “I am honored by their service and dedication to this Department and our community.”
This morning, City Administrator Eric Stuckey congratulated Butler and Clouse on their accomplishment and challenged them in their continued commitment to delivering police excellence to Franklin.
Sergeant Butler’s mother pinned her new badge to her uniform. Clouse’s wife took the honors of pinning on his new Lieutenant’s badge. Lieutenant Clouse and Sergeant Butler have been assigned to the Department’s Alpha Shift, which starts its tour of duty at 9:00pm.
Franklin Police want to remind area residents of the jury duty scam making its way through Williamson County, and across the nation.
Here is how the scam works:
The offender calls an unsuspecting resident, claiming to be an official with the Sheriff’s Office. They tell the resident that they have failed to meet a jury duty obligation, and then threatens their arrest unless the resident buys a prepaid card, loads it with money, and then arranges for transfer of those funds to the suspect. In some cases, the suspect may claim that only cash is accepted, and then attempt to meet the victim in front of a courthouse, police station, or other government building.
This is not how the real policeoperate. In fact, police officers will never call you to demand payment in lieu of arrest. If you receive a phone call that you believe is part of a jury duty scam, or any other scam – hang up, and call your local law enforcement agency.
Children who have aging parents should talk with their loved ones about these types of scams. Warn them to never give anyone numbers or codes to their credit cards, bankcards, or any personal or financial information over the telephone. Also, be sure to warn them never to meet anyone who calls demanding payment over the telephone, in person.
A College Grove woman was charged, yesterday, after leaving her toddler unattended in her vehicle while she made a return.
At 2:15 Wednesday afternoon, a shopper approached a Franklin Police Officer at the CoolSprings Galleria after seeing an unattended baby in a vehicle parked in the middle of the parking lot. Franklin Police located the locked and running vehicle parked in the middle of the lot, near Belk. The toddler was asleep in his car seat.
The baby’s 36-year-old mother eventually returned to the vehicle. When she did, she was issued a misdemeanor citation, charging her with Leaving a Child Unattended in a Motor Vehicle. The mother will have to book herself in to the Williamson County Jail before 3pm on 12/19/2015.
Franklin Police remind parents that with dangers like auto theft, abduction, and choking or other medical emergency, it is dangerous and illegal to leave children unattended in a vehicle. Fines for the Class-B Misdemeanor range from $200-$500.
On Monday, undercover FPD Flex Officers, posing as shoppers, witnessed a theft in progress at Victoria’s Secret in the CoolSprings Galleria. Officers continued to watch the four females as they walked around the mall and eventually to their vehicle. When officers made contact with the women in the parking lot, they recovered nearly $2,000 in merchandise stolen from a variety of Galleria stores. Some of merchandise officers recovered included 71 bottles of lotion, body spray, candles, and cologne, along with several pieces of stolen clothing.
All four women were arrested, and were still in custody at the time of this release. Their charges and bond amounts are listed with their booking photographs, below. All four suspects are due in court 01/07/2016 at 1:00 pm.
Lavosia A. Haggard Date of Birth: 10/17/1986 3704 West Ave, Apt A Chattanooga, TN 37410 Felony Theft $25,000 Bond
Brittny C. Jackson Date of Birth: 06/10/1985 3704 West Ave, Apt A Chattanooga, TN 37410 Felony Theft $25,000 Bond
Latavia A. Haggard Date of Birth: 12/05/1990 3007 13th Ave, Apt A Chattanooga, TN 37410 Felony Theft Possession of Marijuana Possession of Drug Paraphernalia $30,000 Bond
Markita Owens Date of Birth: 10/01/1990 3704 West Ave, Apt A Chattanooga, TN 37410 Felony Theft Filing a False Report (for lying about her identity) $50,000 Bond