4 charged in Franklin Police reverse prostitution sting; Chief: “Johns have no regard for the harm they do to a community”

During a reverse prostitution sting today, Franklin Police Flex Officers and Vice Detectives charged several suspects in a “John” sting. Utilizing an Internet site frequented by Johns and prostitutes, undercover officers arranged to meet four suspects seeking sex for hire. Each showed up at an undisclosed Franklin hotel and offered undercover officers cash for sex. All four suspects were charged with Patronizing Prostitution, and are due in court 05/12/2016 at 1:00 pm.

Prostitution is not a victimless crime, and is often connected to other serious offenses. “Johns have no regard for the harm they do to a community,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “We will do all we can to detect, arrest, and convict anyone engaged in sex for money – both prostitutes, and Johns.”

Charged today with Patronizing Prostitution were: 

  1. Ronnie Warren of Franklin
  2. Timothy Rueter of Wheaton, IL
  3. Robert Saine of Nashville
  4. Marco Vasquez of Franklin

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Consumer Alert: Credit card skimmers found on gas pumps in Franklin

Consumer AlertFranklin Police are warning pay-at-the-pump customers, after sophisticated credit card skimmers were discovered on two gas pumps. An alert manager at the Daily’s Shell, at 1316 Murfreesboro Road, made the discovery while performing a routine inspection, yesterday.

The devices discovered were a bit more elaborate than the false-faced devices that we often hear about, fitted over actual card readers. These were placed inside the pumps, behind a locked door, and wired to the pump’s actual card reader – making them completely undetectable to consumers. Detectives believe that whoever placed the devices may have been accessing consumer credit card information in a nearby parking lot via a wireless receiver. Stolen credit card information is often immediately used for Internet purchases, or encoded onto counterfeit cards and quickly used at brick and mortar stores. These devices appear to have been in place for up to the last 12 days.

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Anyone who used a credit card to pay at the pump at this location should check the activity on the credit card they used, and immediately report fraudulent purchases to their credit card company, and Franklin Police Detectives at (615) 794-2513. A cash reward of up to $1,000 is being offered by Franklin Police and Crime Stoppers for information in this case. Tipsters always remain anonymous: (615) 794-4000.

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Man arrested for Reckless Endangerment after speeding through busy Franklin neighborhood

Rodriguez German Date of Birth: 06/20/1979 910 Joseph Avenue Nashville, Tennessee

Rodriguez German
Date of Birth: 06/20/1979
910 Joseph Avenue
Nashville, Tennessee

A Nashville man is free on bond, following his arrest for Reckless Endangerment and resisting officers, Saturday.

Shortly after 9pm, 36-year-old Rodriguez German recklessly passed an unmarked Franklin Police car, at a high rate of speed. It happened on Natchez Street, where sidewalks and yards were full of pedestrians. German nearly struck a second, and third Franklin Police car – both with blue lights flashing. When he stopped in the 300 block of Natchez Street, German was ordered from the vehicle, and arrested. He resisted, and was belligerent with officers – but was taken into custody without incident.

German, charged with Reckless Endangerment and Resisting Stop, Halt, Frisk, is free on the $4,500 bond set by the Magistrate. He is due in court 05/05/2016 at 1pm.

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Police ask Boyd Mill Estates residents to check home surveillance, to help ID home burglary suspect

Franklin Police are investigating a home burglary in the 1500 block of Teil Drive. At 12:30 a.m., Sunday morning, a resident awoke to find an intruder inside the home. The suspect was described as a middle-aged Hispanic male, approximately 5’3” with a thin build. He left with a stolen laptop computer. The suspect gained entry into the home through an unlocked door.

CamPolice ask that, no matter how safe your neighborhood, to be sure your home is locked before turning in for the evening. Detectives are asking Boyd Mill Estates residents to check their home surveillance systems for any footage that might help to identify the suspect.

A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information,
with an anonymous tip to
Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000.

Murfreesboro man charged with 3rd DUI, after found asleep at the wheel; Drive Drunk, Get Nailed

Phillip Booth Date of Birth: 03/19/1987 4842 Sulphur Springs Rd Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Phillip Booth
Date of Birth: 03/19/1987
4842 Sulphur Springs Rd
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

A Murfreesboro man is free on bond after being arrested, Saturday morning, for his third DUI.

At 5:15am, officers were dispatched to check on a driver, asleep at the wheel, on the side of McEwen Drive near Cool Springs Boulevard. Officers found 29-year-old Phillip Booth asleep and impaired. Officers arrested Booth, charging him with DUI – Third Offense, and with being a Habitual Motor Vehicle Offender.

Booth was released on the $30,000 bond set by the Magistrate, who also required him to wear a SCRAM (Secure, continuous remote alcohol monitor) device, which measures blood alcohol levels through perspiration on the skin. Booth is due in court 05/05/2016 at 1pm.

Drive Drunk, Get Nailed
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Candlelight gathering to honor children recovering from abuse, and the agencies who support them: Thursday, April 28, Franklin Police Headquarters

CVPicAs Child Abuse Prevention Month comes to a close, Franklin Police, Williamson County Juvenile Court, Williamson County CASA, and The Davis House Child Advocacy Center will hold a brief candlelight gathering at Franklin Police Headquarters, on Thursday. The 20-minute program begins at 4:30 pm on 04/28/2016.

“Our children are our future,” said Franklin Police Chief Deborah Faulkner. “We want to pause to acknowledge the importance of working together to educate young people, parents, and childcare providers, as we affirm our commitment to vigilance in protecting our community’s children.”

Child abuse and neglect affects more than three million of our nation’s children, every year. In 2015, Franklin’s Davis House Child Advocacy Center provided services to 300 physically or sexually abused Williamson County children. Williamson County CASA served 330 children with matters before Juvenile Court. Juvenile Court Judge Sharon Guffee said, “It is imperative to the future of our children that we tackle abuse, to give our young people all they need to achieve the future they deserve.”

We invite members of the Franklin
and greater Williamson County community
to stand with us Thursday,
for kids’ sake
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Got Drugs? Get them out of your home & into safe hands; Prescription take-back event, April 30

On Saturday, April 30, Franklin Police and the DEA will host an event to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft. This free event is an opportunity for residents to rid their homes of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medicine.

The service is free and anonymous – no questions asked. Franklin Police Officers will be on hand to assist participants at this drive-up and drop-off event in the parking lot of Franklin Police Headquarters.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016 | 10am-2pm

-Dispose of your pills or patches-
Franklin Police Headquarters
900 Columbia Avenue

Liquids, needles, and sharps will not be accepted

Franklin Police Department
Professional, Progressive, Responsive
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Failed jewel thief caught on camera; Your tip worth cash with Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000

Detectives in Franklin are asking for the public’s help with solving an attempted jewelry store burglary. Shortly before 1am on Wednesday, officers responded to an activated burglar alarm at 790 Jordan Road. Arriving officers found the back door of Pawfect Puppy standing open. Inside, an adjoining wall between that business and Platinum Jewelers was severely damaged in a failed attempt to gain entry to the jewelry store. The suspect left, empty-handed, prior to officers arriving.

In an apparent attempt to disable the alarm, the suspect cut phone lines and fiber optic cables in a utility box, at the intersection of Jordan and Mallory, just prior to the burglary. This left 600 AT&T customers without service for an extended period of time, until repairs could be made.

Detectives are releasing these videos, of the masked suspect, in hopes that someone may recognize his posture or gate, or that a passer-by may have noticed something Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning that might help investigators.

There are three ways to share information about this case:

  1. Call the Franklin Police Criminal Investigation Division: (615) 794-2513;
  2. Leave an anonymous eTip, by clicking here;
  3. Place an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000. There is a reward of up to $1,000 being offered for information in this case.

Crime Stoppers:
(615) 794-4000
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Help police catch two Apple pickers; cash in with Crime Stoppers

2Franklin Police are asking for the public’s help to identify these suspects, wanted for stealing three iPhones from the CoolSprings Galleria Apple Store. On 04/10/2016, this man and woman stole three working display phones by removing the security cable. The loss is more than $2,500.

Franklin Police and Williamson County Crime Stoppers are offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information on the identity of these thieves. If you know who they are, call (615) 794-4000. Callers will remain anonymous.

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Two held after being caught with $5k in shoplifted merchandise

Danny Jackson Date of Birth: 09/21/1990 200 Paragon Mills Rd Nashville, TN 37211

Danny Jackson
Date of Birth: 09/21/1990
200 Paragon Mills Rd
Nashville, TN 37211

A Nashville couple remains jailed in Williamson County, today, following their arrest on 04/14/2016 for felony shoplifting. An officer patrolling the parking lot of the CoolSprings Galleria stopped the car the couple was in, after observing an equipment violation. When the officer smelled marijuana, the couple was ordered from the car. While searching for drugs, the officer discovered more than $1,000 worth of stolen, high-end bottles of cologne and perfume, and nearly $4,000 in stolen, designer eyeglass frames. Marijuana and drug paraphernalia were also discovered.

Latosha Cooper Date of Birth: 06/01/1988 200 Paragon Mills Rd Nashville, TN 37211

Latosha Cooper
Date of Birth: 06/01/1988
200 Paragon Mills Rd
Nashville, TN 37211

Officers arrested 25-year-old Danny Jackson, a convicted felon, and 27-year-old Latosha Cooper, both of Nashville. Jackson was charged with two-counts of Felony Theft, Marijuana Possession, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving on a Revoked License, and Registration Violation. Cooper was charged with two counts of Felony Theft, and Marijuana Possession. Both are being held in the Williamson County Jail on $10,000 bonds. They are due in court 04/28/2016 at 1:00 pm.