Crime Stoppers cash offered for info on fugitive wanted in $80k jewelry heist

January 16, 2019: ARREST UPDATE

October 31, 2018: At about 4:45 last Friday afternoon, a suspect snatched a display tray of about a dozen tennis bracelets from the hands of a salesperson in Grogan Jewelers, located inside the CoolSprings Galleria. He got away with more than $80,000 in jewelry.

Franklin Police have identified the suspect as 18-year-old Jario Godinez of Smithville. Godinez knows that he is wanted, and police now consider him a fugitive. A Crime Stoppers cash reward is being offered to anyone who provides information leading to Godinez’s capture.

WANTED by Franklin Police


This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Call Crime Stoppers:
(615) 794-4000
or click to submit an anonymous eTip

# # #

Do you have questions about inclement weather on Halloween?

The City has received several inquiries regarding inclement-weather Halloween plans for Wednesday.

Decisions about trick-or-treating are made by individual neighborhoods. Residents should monitor their neighborhood social media or consult with their HOA regarding any cancellation or postponement due to inclement weather. Parents are encouraged to consider the weather forecast and conditions when deciding about trick-or-treating.

Because of the influx of visiting families expected to trick-or-treat in Hincheyville, we will share any cancellation or postponement news from that neighborhood on the City’s various social media channels.

# # #

Franklin Police offer two active shooter emergency response seminars for citizens

The Franklin Police Department has scheduled two, free 1.5 hour seminars designed to help keep citizens safe during the unthinkable.

It can happen anytime, anywhere – and it does. Acts of mass violence in public places continue to rock communities to their core. “Franklin Police Officers stand at the ready to deal with the unthinkable,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “Community preparedness, combined with law enforcement response to these situations, can make a difference – and save lives.”

Franklin Police Officers will share with citizens, employers, and community leaders, way to improve their response to an unforeseen, mass violence encounter. During both of the one and a half hour seminars, officers will discuss three main, national best practices: Avoid, Deny, Defend.

The seminars are free and open to the public – but pre-registration is required.

Thursday, November 1, 2018
6-7:30 pm
Monday, November 5, 2018
6-7:30 pm

Franklin Police Headquarters | 900 Columbia Avenue

Franklin parents, teens, employers, school and church leaders,
any member of the Franklin community.

or go to

No cameras or recording devices will be allowed into the training location. Media wishing to interview Franklin Police staff, instructors, or attendees need to make prior arrangements with Franklin Police Public Affairs, Lt. Charles Warner.

# # #

Franklin Police to Close Historic Downtown Neighborhood Streets on Halloween

PumpkinResidents in downtown Franklin’s Hincheyville neighborhood are expecting another big turnout this Halloween.

Franklin Police Officers will close West Main Street and Fair Street to vehicle traffic between 7th & 11th Avenues, and 9th Avenue between Natchez St. & 96W from 5pm-9pm for trick-or-treaters Wednesday, October 31.

Franklin Police Officers and Firefighters will be handing out candy and glow necklaces to children within the closure.

Trick-or-treat days and times in Franklin
are set by individual neighborhoods and homeowner associations.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children are markedly more likely to be in a fatal pedestrian accident on Halloween than any other night of the year. There are several reasons why children are more likely to be hurt in pedestrian accidents, including:

  • They often choose to take the shortest route, which may mean darting out between parked cars rather than take the safer route of crossing at corners.
  • They are not good at evaluating potential traffic threats.
  • They are more likely to ignore their peripheral vision, and are generally less attentive of their surroundings.
  • They have a tendency to take more risks.
  • They cannot cross the street as rapidly as adults.
  • They may be distracted by other children’s costumes and actions, and home decorations.

Police encourage parents to trick-or-treat with their kids,
and be sure to tell them that some people driving cars may not slow down for them.

Motorists are urged to slow down
& use extra caution Wednesday night,
as Franklin streets will be filled with excited children.

To search for information on registered sex offenders
living in proximity to specific geographic locations,
click to visit the Sex Offender Registry.

 T pumkin


Join Franklin Police for Human Trafficking Awareness Night, Wednesday at Saint Philip Catholic Church

Learn what this disgusting crime is, what it isn’t,
& how to protect the people you love.

Hear from Franklin Police:
Wednesday, October 24 at 6:00 pm
at the St. Philip Community Center
113 2nd Ave. S, Franklin

Click for more information and to register

# # #

Franklin Police want to reunite unclaimed bikes with their owners

BikesThe Franklin Police Department is currently holding several 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 Wednesday, November 7.

Registering your bicycle can help reunite you with your bike
in the event that it is lost or stolen.
Click for information on how to 
Register your Ride


Franklin Detectives seeking ID of this theft suspect

Franklin Police want to identify this suspect, wanted for stealing merchandise from the Cool Springs Stein Mart on October 11. Recognize him? Information on his identity is worth up to $1000 with an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers: (615)794-4000, or click to submit an anonymous eTip.


Crime Stoppers cash offered for ID of suspect who used bogus check to purchase motorcycle from online seller

Franklin Police want to identify this suspect. He’s wanted for using a $12,000 counterfeit cashier’s check to ‘purchase’ a motorcycle from an online seller. The transaction took place at the seller’s Franklin residence on September 14.

Recognize him? A Crime Stoppers reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information about the suspect.

Call Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000
or click to submit an anonymous eTip
# # #

Police investigating Saturday morning smash & grab car burglaries at Franklin fitness center

Franklin Police want to identify this suspect. At around 7:00 Saturday morning, three cars were broken into at a Jordan Rd fitness center in Franklin. In all three cases, the suspect broke out car windows to steal purses and others valuables that owners left in plain view while working out inside.

This thief quickly used credit cards that were stolen to charge more than $1,000 at the Mallory Lane Walmart. Information on the identity of this suspect is worth up to $1,000 with an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000.

Franklin Police warn gym patrons to be vigilant.

 You should take valuables with you, and
avoid leaving them behind and visible
in your vehicle.
# # #

Franklin Police reaffirm help, hope during Domestic Violence Awareness Month

For many, home is a place of love, safety, and comfort. For millions, though, it’s anything but. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, about 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are victims of physical violence by a partner every year.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the display on the lawn at Franklin Police Headquarters symbolizes the Department’s commitment to helping victims. Domestic violence perpetrated on an individual is a crime against our entire community. For help, call Franklin Police: (615) 794-2513. For shelter information, call (615) 599-5777 or click.

For the latest domestic violence statistics, visit