Undercover officers nab 3 convicted felons in Operation: Not in our mall

Three convicted felons out of Nashville were arrested after shoplifting nearly $4,000 in merchandise from the CoolSprings Galleria, Tuesday. Undercover officers, posing as shoppers, watched the suspects load merchandise into empty shopping bags before arresting them. A search of the suspect’s vehicle led to the recovery of 95 pieces of stolen merchandise valued at $3,695.00. Officers also found tools used to defeat anti-theft sensor alarms in their possession. Arrested was 28-year-old Temptress Peebles, 42-year-old Renita McDonald, and 39-year-old Latosha Word – all of Nashville.


Each of these suspects was charged with Theft Over $2,500, Theft Under $1,000, and Possession of Anti-theft Defeating Tools. They are all free on the $16,000 bond set by the Magistrate, and due in court on December 7 at 1:00 pm.

The Franklin Police Department has established a special command post at the CoolSprings Galleria, where teams of undercover and uniformed police officers work closely with security to safeguard shoppers and arrest lawbreakers.

Tomorrow, the FPD will release the number of arrests and dollar amount of stolen merchandise that has been recovered as a result of Operation: Not in our mall, which went into effect on Black Friday. The numbers will shock you.

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Crime Stoppers cash offered for information in Franklin auto burglary case

Do you recognize this suspect? He is wanted for using a credit card stolen during a November 2 vehicle burglary on General George Patton Drive, in Franklin. This photo shows the suspect using the stolen card at a Nolensville Pike gas station in Nashville, a short time later. A Crime Stoppers reward is being offered for information that leads to his arrest.

Metro Crime Stoppers: (615) 74-CRIME
Williamson County Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000
Franklin Police eTIP
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Thieves targeting briefly unattended purses; Recognize these crooks? Cash reward for information

Detectives in Franklin want to identify these three suspects, wanted for stealing a woman’s wallet from her purse at the Cool Springs Panera on November 26. Within an hour the trio used the victim’s stolen credit cards to purchase more than $6,000 in merchandise at the CoolSprings Galleria.

A Crime Stoppers reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for
information that leads to their identity and arrest.
Call Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000, or click to submit an anonymous eTip.

With the Christmas shopping season upon us, these types of crimes will increase. Ladies: you can avoid becoming a victim by never leaving your purse unattended – not even for a moment. Thieves, like this, look for quick opportunities where purses are briefly left behind. Crooks often strike when you go to refill your drink, or when you take your eyes off of your purse in a shopping cart to reach for something on a store shelf.

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Convicted felon armed with handgun charged after resisting officers investigating shots-fired call

Joseph Crawford
Age: 39
Franklin, TN

A convicted felon is back behind bars after officers investigating a shots-fired call found him armed with a pistol.

At 1:15 Tuesday morning, officers responded to a disturbance on Acton Street, where shots had been fired. Arriving officers immediately encountered Joseph Crawford. Crawford began fighting with officers who were attempting to detain him. After a brief struggle, he was taken into custody. That’s when officers discovered that Crawford, a convicted felon, had a gun in his waistband.

Branden Patton
Age: 24
Franklin, TN

Officers also encountered Branden Patton. Patton resisted officers who were attempting to investigate, and was arrested.

Crawford and Patton were booked into the Williamson County Jail. Crawford, charged with Resisting Stop, Halt, Frisk, and being a Felon in Possession of a Handgun remains behind bars on a $24,000 bond. Patton, charged with Resisting Stop, Halt, Frisk, and Disorderly conduct, remains jailed on the $7,000 bond set by the Magistrate. Both are due in court December 7 at 1:00 pm.


Crime Stoppers cash offered for ID of forgery suspect

Franklin Police and Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward for information that helps identify this suspect, wanted for attempting to pass stolen checks at a Cool Springs bank, earlier this month. The checks were stolen from a crime victim in Tupelo, Mississippi.

If you recognize this suspect,
an anonymous tip could make you $1,000 richer

Call Crime Stoppers:
(615) 794-4000

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Family remembers daughter, grandson killed in 2015 tragedy; Franklin Police host Christmas toy drive in their honor

On February 16, 2015, Kristi Clark and her 10-year-old son, Carter Oakley, were hit by a semi and killed after they got out of their car to help five people in an overturned SUV on an ice-covered I-65 in Franklin. Nearly three years later, Kristi’s parents, Brad and Bonnie Lewis, stay very much in touch with members of the Franklin Police Department. This bond brought about by tragedy will bring help to needy families this Christmas, in memory of two good Samaritans who died helping others in need.

Mr. Lewis, a skilled craftsman, has built 10-wooden toy boxes in Kristi and Carter’s honor. He and his wife have donated them to the Franklin Police Department. Now, Franklin Police Officers want to fill them with toys for needy Franklin families. “Kristi and Carter’s lives were cut short while they were helping others,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “We are now honored to help others in their memory.”

The Franklin Police Department needs new toy donations to fill the toy boxes made by Kristi’s dad, Carter’s grandpa. Citizens can bring a new, unwrapped toy for children up to 14-years-old and leave it in the toy box in the Franklin Police Headquarters Lobby. New toy donations are accepted Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. Monetary donations are unable to be accepted.

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Franklin Rotary at Breakfast and other caring Franklin citizens
are proud partners of the
2nd Annual FPD Kristi Clark, Carter Oakley
Christmas Toy Drive.
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Police find missing Cool Springs man following tip from jogger

Dennis Clark left his Cool Springs home for a walk on Thanksgiving. This morning, more than 60 hours later, he has been found. A jogger who was watching this morning’s television news called Franklin Police to report that she saw a man matching Clark’s description, yesterday, near the jogging path at Cool Springs Boulevard and Carothers Parkway. Responding officers began canvassing that area on foot and found Clark laying in the bushes where he may have experienced a medical emergency. An ambulance transported Clark to the hospital where he has been reunited with his family.

The Franklin Police Department credits the news media and the jogger who called police for finding Mr. Clark alive.

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Franklin Police investigating man’s disappearance from Cool Springs neighborhood

See the November 26, 2017 UPDATE

Franklin Police are investigating the disappearance of a man from the Knolls of Cool Springs subdivision.

Family members say that 57-year-old Dennis Clark left his Franklin home for a walk at 4:00 pm Thanksgiving Day, and hasn’t been seen or heard from since. Clark’s family grows more concerned with each passing hour, because Clark left without his wallet, keys, or cell phone. Clark does not suffer from Alzheimer’s or dementia. He was last seen wearing a black jacket and khaki pants.

If you have any information
on the whereabouts of Dennis Clark,
call Franklin Police:
(615) 794-2513
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Franklin Police want to reunite 16 unclaimed bikes with their owners

BikesThe Franklin Police Department is currently holding 16 unclaimed bicycles that officers have found abandoned, or that citizens have turned in after finding them abandoned on private property.

If you live in the Franklin area, your bicycle has been stolen in the last 12 months, and you would like to see if one of the bicycles that the Franklin Police Department is holding could be yours, contact Sgt. Aaron Compton at (615) 550-6810.

Unclaimed bicycles will be donated to a local charity on Friday, December 15.


Franklin Police gearing up to keep you safe this Christmas shopping season

With Black Friday just around the corner, Franklin Police will initiate a security plan designed to safeguard shoppers, deter crime, and arrest criminals at Franklin’s shopping venues.

“Franklin offers the best shopping experience around, and we intend to keep it that way,” said Franklin Police Chief Deborah Faulkner. “Franklin Police Officers assigned to the city’s shopping districts willhave zero-tolerance for crime and criminals. We are committed to keeping Franklin safe for our residents, visitors, and businesses.”

An increased combination of highly-visible patrols by uniformed officers in marked cars and plain-clothes officers in unmarked vehicles will be paying special attention to Franklin’s shopping districts between now and Christmas.

Franklin Police will work closely with the District Attorney’s Office to ensure shoplifters, identity thieves, auto burglars, and other criminals who take advantage of this busy time of year are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.  

Starting Friday, the Franklin Police Department will staff a temporary command post at the CoolSprings Galleria through the remainder of the Christmas shopping season.

Remember to park smart! Thieves love crowded parking lots, and are known to randomly check door handles for unlocked car doors while peering into windows to see what’s inside. Even if you lock your car doors, when crooks see valuables inside, they often force entry by breaking a lock or window. Once inside, thieves push the trunk release to check for purses or other stowed valuables. Police recommend never leaving purses or other valuables in a parked car.

Officers on patrol who see something that could put you or your valuables at risk may leave this form to let you know they were there, and to share suggestions on how to increase your safety and security. Safeguarding a community is everyone’s responsibility, and citizens play a big role in deterring crime. Crime prevention is most effective when citizens and the police work together.

Going out of town?Let us keep an extra eye on your home.

Franklin Police Department
Professional, Progressive, Responsive
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