Suspect arrested for Financial exploitation of an elderly person and theft of at least $10,000 but less than $60,000

Michael David Verble

DOB: 12/19/1955

Nashville, Tennessee

Michael David Verble was arrested in Hot Springs, Arkansas and is now awaiting extradition back to Williamson County Tennessee following Grand Jury indictment charges out of Williamson County from June 11th for two counts of Financial exploitation of an elderly person and theft of at least $10,000 but less than $60,000.  Mr. Verble committed these frauds while operating under the business Verble Estate Preservation and Advisors. Franklin Police Detectives began investigating this case in November 2019 after receiving a referral from Adult Protective Services.

Franklin Police Sergeant celebrated for 27 years of service; Sergeant Don Zelaya to retire, Wednesday


Sergeant Don Zelaya, Franklin Police Department

Today is his last day as one of Franklin’s finest. Franklin Police Sergeant Don Zelaya, best known by his friends and fellow officers as “Z” or “Z-Man,” began his 27-year career with the Franklin Police Department in 1993.

Serving as a Patrol Officer, Narcotic Detective, Narcotic Supervisor, and Patrol Supervisor during his time with the FPD, Zelaya has also done extensive work as a Special Federal Officer while on assignment to the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force, investigating serious cases across the Midstate.

Prior to joining the FPD, Sergeant Zelaya served as a police officer in Greenville, Mississippi where he was a member of their Narcotics, SWAT, Rescue, and Dive Teams between 1986 and 1991. After leaving Mississippi, Zelaya served two years with the Williamson County, Tennessee, Sheriff’s Office before joining the Franklin Police Department on August 23, 1993.

Sergeant Zelaya was named Officer of the Year by the Fraternal Order of Police for his work in a major state and federal drug investigation. His contributions to the creation and development of the Franklin Police Department’s Flex Team have been immeasurable. Z is loved and will be greatly missed by his FPD family.

Sergeant Zelaya looks forward to spending more time at home with his wife, Pam, and their two children, 24 and 16.


Help Franklin Police catch these shoe thieves

Franklin Police want to identify these three shoplifters.  On September 21st at 6:30pm, these three females removed the tags off of a pair of shoes and put the shoes in their purse.  The employee confronted the subjects however they proceeded to leave the store and drove away in a silver/white Windstar van.

Do you recognize any of them?

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



Aggravated Robbery Suspects Arrested

Kendrell Demontra Ellison
Age: 18
Lavergne, Tennessee

Zachary Obrian Smith
Age: 18
Nashville, Tennessee

Daniel Tyrell Miller
Age: 18
Franklin, Tennessee

On Monday night at approximately 7:00 pm, a Franklin Police Officer, in plain clothes, was conducting a police investigation in an attempt to get a stolen semi-automatic pistol off the streets.  He contacted the individual who had the stolen gun and wanted to sell it.   During the interaction, two suspects pointed guns at the Police Officer, grabbed the money for the transaction, and fled the scene. The suspects were apprehended last night and charged with aggravated robbery.  Zachary Smith and Kendrell Ellison were given a $350,000 bond. Daniel Miller was given a $500,000 bond. Suspects are due in court December 8th.


Police in Franklin are trying to catch this grab-and-go gamer


Franklin Police want to identify this repeat shoplifter. He stole gaming systems and accessories from the Cool Springs Target on two different occasions. The combined loss in these cases is more than $1,000. There is a cash reward for information that leads to his arrest. 

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


Citizen tips ID this Franklin porch pirate; there is a cash reward for information on his whereabouts

Franklin Police published this video on September 3, asking for the public’s help with identifying a package thief. The Department received numerous tips that helped detectives develop Rafael Jimenez, Jr. as the suspect. The 45-year-old is believed to be temporarily staying with different family members and friends.

In addition to being wanted by Franklin Police for Theft and Trespassing, Jimenez is also wanted by Sumner, Maury, and Davidson Counties on multiple, unrelated charges.

Franklin Police and Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to his whereabouts and arrest.

Know where Rafael Jimenez is?
Call Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000
or click to submit an anonymous eTip

Franklin Police quickly capture armed assailant

Franklin Police Officers worked quickly to capture a convicted felon who assaulted a couple with a knife. It happened Wednesday afternoon at the Mallory Lane Sonic.

Randy Cunningham
Age: 29
Nashville, Tennessee

Officers responded to the restaurant after a couple reported that a man had approached their car and attempted to sell them coupons. When they declined, he became aggressive. The suspect began beating on the couple’s car and slashed their tire, threatening to cut the male victim with the large hunting-style knife he was holding. The suspect fled following the assault.

Responding officers canvassed the area and, with the help of several citizen witnesses, captured 29-year-old Randy Cunningham, who was hiding inside the restroom at a nearby business. Cunningham is a convicted felon with a violent history.

Charged with Felony Vandalism and two counts of Aggravated Assault, Cunningham remains jailed on a $60,000 bond.


Franklin Police want to reunite unclaimed bikes with their owners

The 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 lost or stolen in the last 12 months, and you would like to see if one of the bicycles Franklin Police are storing could be yours, contact Sgt. Aaron Compton at (615) 550-6810.

Unclaimed bicycles will be donated to a local charity in 30 days.

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 Police now hiring school crossing guards

School Patrol PromoThe Franklin Police Department is seeking qualified applicants for the position of School Crossing Guard.

Under general supervision, School Patrol team members work part-time hours and are responsible for pedestrian safety & efficient vehicular traffic flow in assigned school zones.

The ideal applicant is assertive, tactful, and able to work in varying weather conditions.

Starting pay is $18.48/hour 


Recognize this thief? Cash in with Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000

Franklin Police are hoping you can help catch a crook. He slipped into the office area of a shop in the Cool Springs Galleria and stole an employee’s credit card out of her purse. The thief then used the victim’s card to make a fraudulent purchase at the nearby Target store. There is a cash reward for information.

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