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Franklin Police have charged 18-year-old Ryan Craddock, of Nashville, with Aggravated Robbery. Just before 8:00 p.m. on January 31, a victim was robbed at gunpoint at the Murfreesboro Road Bank of America, in Franklin.
Citizen tips led investigators to Craddock as a possible suspect. Working with other law enforcement agencies across middle Tennessee, Franklin Police uncovered evidence identifying Craddock as the suspect in these photos.
Franklin Police Detectives are working closely with other law enforcement agencies to see if Craddock could be connected to other crimes.
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A neighborhood video of a teen attempting to burglarize a vehicle has connected him to other cases in Franklin, and throughout middle Tennessee.
Gateway Village residents shared this video on their neighborhood page, and with Franklin Police. It shows 18-year-old Jordan Walker getting out of a stolen car to see if a potential victim’s truck was unlocked. The video and other evidence linked Walker to two February 4 Gateway Village neighborhood auto burglaries. In both of those cases, unlocked vehicles were entered and valuables inside were stolen. The vehicle you see Walker driving in the video was stolen in a Nashville carjacking.
Franklin Police have obtained warrants charging Walker with two counts of Vehicle Burglary, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, and Felony Theft. Walker is currently being held in the Sumner County Jail on several similar charges.
In addition to good police work by several law enforcement agencies working together, Franklin Police credit technology and neighborhood networks that allow for the sharing of videos, like this one.
Franklin Police want to remind residents that removing your valuables every night and simply locking your car doors greatly reduce your chances of becoming the victim of an opportunistic criminal. As evidenced in this video, when Walker found the doors to this vehicle locked, he simply moved on.
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With the regional rise in juvenile crime, police leaders from across the Midstate came together in Franklin this morning to discuss the increase and to develop joint strategies to combat it.
Brentwood Police, Clarksville Police, Franklin Police, Hendersonville Police, Lavergne Police, Metro Police, Nolensville Police, the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, Smyrna Police, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office all participated.
Chiefs from Franklin, Brentwood, Hendersonville, Smyrna, and Lavergne Police Departments, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Director of the TBI were at Franklin Police Headquarters where executive teams from middle Tennessee police agencies strategized on how to work closely together to protect citizens against an alarming spike in juvenile crime.
Carjackings, armed robberies, auto burglaries, and murders committed by teens, along with their desperate, dangerous getaways were all at the center of today’s conversation.
“Teenagers are crossing jurisdictional boundaries to commit violent crimes in our community,” said Franklin Police Chief Deborah Faulkner. “Their lack of regard for the safety of others makes them particularly dangerous.”
Brentwood Police Chief Jeff Hughes said, “Bringing these agency stakeholders together to collaborate, share intelligence information and work towards innovative solutions to combat crimes involving teens demonstrates our commitment to address this issue head-on.”
“Juvenile crime in Williamson County is at an unprecedented high,” said Chief Dusty Rhoades of the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office. “We are committed to changing that. Every law enforcement officer here is devoted to working together with one goal: To keep our residents safe.”
Multi-jurisdictional enforcement and investigations, along with intelligence sharing and area-wide crime prevention campaigns were all at the forefront of today’s discussion. Police leaders are already discussing action steps and a date for their next strategic session.
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Two felony suspects from Florida remain behind bars after Franklin Police caught them in the act, using credit cards stolen during a smash-and-grab auto burglary.
Franklin Police Officers arrested 25-year-old Khambrel Cooper and Josephus Howard, 20, both of Ft. Lauderdale on January 24 at the Franklin Walmart. Cooper and Howard had just used stolen credit cards to make several purchases in the store. Howard was taken into custody without incident, but Cooper led officers on a short foot pursuit into a nearby wood line where he was quickly captured.
Both suspects were with a group of traveling criminals who targeted Franklin-area daycares and parks. Their M.O. was to wait in the parking lot and watch for women to get out of their car without their purse, and then smash the window to steal any purse left behind in plain view. The crew would immediately go to nearby retail stores where they would use the stolen credit cards to load visa gift cards. Walmart loss prevention was instrumental in these arrests. Police and retail security forces continue to dramatically increase partnerships to make things as hard as possible for criminals like these to succeed in Franklin.
Howard and Cooper, along with their associates, are suspected in several smash-and-grab auto burglaries that have plagued the Franklin-Williamson County area for weeks. Additional charges are expected.
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Franklin Police want to identify this thief. On January 28 he stole a $150 pair of Bluetooth earbuds from the Cool Springs Target. There’s a cash reward, so call Crime Stoppers if you recognize him.
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In January, Franklin Police asked for your help to identify two shoplifters, wanted for stealing several Fitbit fitness trackers from the Cool Springs Target. Citizens tips led to their identification as Raymond Worden, 27, of Smyrna and 24-year-old Victoria Henn of Antioch.
Both suspects have been arrested and are due in court to face theft charges on February 14. The Franklin Police Department is thankful to an engaged community of citizens willing to help identify suspects caught on camera, like Worden and Henn.
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