At 4pm Friday afternoon, undercover Flex Officers worked with security, using surveillance equipment, to watch two women steal more than $600 in merchandise from the CoolSprings Galleria Macy’s. The suspects, who are sisters, had two small children with them, and used a stroller to help conceal and leave with the stolen merchandise. Shanequa McPhail, 22, and 18-year-old Takeia Jones, both of Nashville, were charged with Felony Theft. McPhail was also charged with the unlawful possession of a tool used to remove anti-theft tags from clothing; she is free on a $3,000 bond. Jones is free on a $2,000 bond.
At 2:30 Saturday afternoon, undercover Flex officers, working with security at the Thoroughbred Village Shopping Center, observed two women shoplifting at both Stein Mart and T.J. Maxx at 545 Cool Springs Boulevard. More than $500 in stolen merchandise was ultimately recovered, along with a nail puller often used by thieves to remove security sensors. Terri L. Newsome, 37 of Nashville and 37-year-old Keisha Lowe of Madison were both charged with Felony Theft. Newsome was also charged with the unlawful possession of a tool used to remove anti-theft tags, Violation of Probation, and Criminal Impersonation after lying to officers about her identity. Both women remain jailed in Williamson County Jail: Newsome on a $55,000 bond, and Lowe on a $20,000 bond.
All four women are due in court 12/17/2015 at 1:00 pm.
Since Black Friday, Franklin Police Flex Officers have made 20 shoplifting arrests and three drug arrests, recovered more than $5,000 in stolen merchandise, recovered a stolen car, and took an illegal gun off the street – all in the Cool Springs area.
The Franklin Police Department will remain vigilant, with a zero-tolerance approach to criminal activity, in and around Franklin’s busy shopping districts, through the remainder of the Christmas shopping season.