Crime Stoppers cash offered for ID of credit card fraud suspect: (615) 794-4000

Franklin Police and Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward for information leading to the identification and arrest of this man. He is wanted for his March 11 attempt to use two stolen credit cards to purchase $880 in gift cards at the Columbia Avenue Target. Bank computers detected the fraud attempt and declined the transactions at the point of sale, leading to this suspect walking away empty-handed. Detectives believe that the cards he tried using were stolen from a senior citizen, who was grocery shopping, at the adjacent Kroger.

Information regarding this suspect is worth up to $1,000
with an anonymous call to
Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000

Reward Offered for Information in Downtown Church Burglary

Detectives want to identify two suspects who stole a communion chalice, church hymnal, and a prayer stool from a downtown Franklin church. The suspects entered the sanctuary Wednesday night, at around 9pm, through an unlocked door.

Information about this church burglary
or the suspects in this case is worth up to $1,000
with an anonymous call to
Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000

Community, Crime Stoppers, & local media credited with ID of felony theft suspects

Travaris Thomas Date of Birth: 02/18/1996 419 Highland Court Lebanon, TN 37087

Travaris Thomas
Date of Birth: 02/18/1996
419 Highland Court
Lebanon, TN 37087

Franklin Police are crediting community, Crime Stoppers, and local media with the identification 1and arrest of two previously unknown thieves who stole $2,315 in merchandise from the Cool Springs Target. Detectives released these surveillance photos in December. Crime Stoppers tips poured in identifying two of the four suspects as 20-year-old Travaris Thomas and 42-year-old Yvette Simpson, both of Nashville. Simpson is a convicted felon with a history that includes violence.

Yvette Simpson Date of Birth: 12/25/1973 2008 9th Avenue North Nashville, TN 37208

Yvette Simpson
Date of Birth: 12/25/1973
2008 9th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37208

Thomas was arrested on 03/07/2016, and Simpson on 03/08/2016. Both were charged with Felony Theft, and later released on bond. They are due in 2court today at 1pm. Detectives are still working to identify the remaining two suspects.

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Serial suspect wanted in additional cloned credit card cases

SuspectPolice in Franklin are seeking a serial thief, wanted in several credit card cloning cases. Information on this suspect was first released in February, after he used a cloned credit card to make a $255 purchase at the Columbia Avenue Target. Two more cases, at the CVS Pharmacy on Farrier Lane in Franklin, have been linked to the same suspect – to the tune of nearly $500.

Tips that lead to the suspect’s identification is worth up to $1,000 with an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000. An anonymous eTip can be submitted to Franklin Police by clicking on this link.

Officers capture Louisiana felons with help from victim, Walmart security

Winfred Gaynor Date of Birth: 02/23/1962 4013 Governor Nichols St New Orleans, LA 70106

Winfred Gaynor
Date of Birth: 02/23/1962
4013 Governor Nichols St
New Orleans, LA 70106

With the help of a quick-acting victim and Walmart security, Franklin Police Officers have apprehended and charged three New Orleans residents in a credit card fraud case. It started at a Franklin Kroger, where a senior citizen was shopping, last Thursday. After the victim checked out at the store, someone stole the wallet from her purse, which was in her shopping cart, while the senior loaded groceries into her car. The victim immediately noticed the missing wallet, and went back inside to call police.

Samuel Blue Date of Birth: 01/10/1962 2327 New Orleans Street New Orleans, LA 70126

Samuel Blue
Date of Birth: 01/10/1962
2327 New Orleans Street
New Orleans, LA 70126

Officers worked quickly to track the victim’s missing cards, and immediately located video of the suspects using the stolen credit cards at the Franklin Walmart. Security there called police after the suspects returned, later that same night, to make a second round of purchases. Officers apprehended 54-year-old Winfred Gaynor, 54-year-old Samuel Blue, and 57-year-old Conrad White, all of Louisiana. Inside their parked car, officers discovered thousands in electronic merchandise and gift cards bought with the Franklin victim’s stolen credit cards.

Conrad White Date of Birth: 03/16/1959 2104 Iberville Street New Orleans, LA 70112

Conrad White
Date of Birth: 03/16/1959
2104 Iberville Street
New Orleans, LA 70112

Gaynor, Blue, and White all have extensive criminal histories, and were wanted by authorities in several other states. Gaynor, charged with two counts of Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card and Criminal Impersonation (for lying about her identity), remains jailed on a $55,000 bond. Blue, charged with Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, remains jailed on a $25,000 bond. White, also charged with Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card is free after posting a $25,000 bond.

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Franklin Police Warn of Virtual Kidnapping Scam

Kidnapping Scam AlertFranklin Police are warning residents of a frightening scam popping up in Middle Tennessee. “Virtual kidnappings” have surfaced in several big cities across the U.S. over the last two years. Scammers targeted three Franklin residents, this month. During a phone call, the scammer tells their target that they have kidnapped and will kill their loved one if they do not immediately facilitate a cash wire transfer. In one of the calls, a frantic female actually pretended to be the victim’s “kidnapped” daughter before turning the phone over to a man who demanded $5,000 in exchange for the kidnapping “victim’s” life.

Criminals often use social media to learn about their phone scam victims, and their loved ones, before initiating the scam. Some scammers go so far as threatening to kill the alleged kidnapping victim if the person they called attempts to contact their “kidnapped” loved one, or authorities.

Anyone who receives one of these calls should attempt to slow the conversation down, ask for more time, and contact the alleged kidnapping victim and police. For more tips on how to handle yourself if contacted by one of these scammers, visit this section of the FBI’s website.

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Chief Deborah Faulkner Swears-in 10 New Franklin Police Officers, Commends Three Veteran Officers

Chief Faulkner administers oath to new recruits

Chief Faulkner administers oath to new recruits

Today at Headquarters, Franklin Police Chief Deborah Faulkner administered the law enforcement oath to 10 new Franklin Police Officers. An exhaustive testing and evaluation process identifies the best candidates before they undergo a demanding 33-week training program designed to equip them with the knowledge, skills, and values needed to serve the Franklin community.

Deputy Chief Greg Policastro, Chief Faulkner, Officers Wise, Teeples, and  Carson

Deputy Chief Greg Policastro, Chief Faulkner, Officers Wise, Teeples, and Carson

Three veteran officers were recognized during the ceremony, attended by fellow officers and City Administrator Eric Stuckey. Officer Jeff Carson was named January’s Officer of the Month for his role in establishing surveillance that led to the arrest of two felony shoplifters. The arrests resulted in the recovery of more than $3,000 in merchandise stolen from area retailers. Officer Jane Teeples was named February’s Officer of the Month for her role in finding a missing 90-year-old man with memory loss. The man was found to have gotten confused and locked himself in a building under construction near his home. If not for Officer Teeples’ actions, the man would have quickly deteriorated due to weather conditions, missed medications, and lack of nutrition. Toyota – Cool Springs, and Franklin Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram are proud sponsors of the Department’s Officer of the Month Program. Each month they honor a Franklin Police Officer’s accomplishment with a commemorative plaque, and a $150 check for the officer to donate to the charity of their choice.

Officer Teeples, Kris Krabill (Toyota, Cool Springs), Leo Linkov (Franklin Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram)

Officer Teeples, Kris Krabill (Toyota, Cool Springs), Leo Linkov (Franklin Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram)

Chief Faulkner bestowed Officer Phillip Wise with the Franklin Police Department Lifesaving Award Medal for his actions that saved a man, from himself. Officer Wise went to great lengths to locate a distraught man who was actively in the process of committing suicide. Instinct and action allowed Officer Wise to save a life that would have been, otherwise, cut short — leaving a legacy of hurt, and regret.

“I am so proud of these officers, and the differences they have made,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “Every member of our Department can make a difference for someone, big or small, every day that we try. That is why we wear this badge.” Today’s ceremony was attended by fellow officers, family members, and City Administrator Eric Stuckey.