Reward offered for ID of bank fraud suspect connected to Franklin auto burglary

Franklin Police are working to identify this woman. These bank surveillance photos show her trying to cash a check stolen during a Franklin auto burglary. There is a cash reward for information.

Police want to remind drivers not to leave purses, wallets, and other valuables in plain view in a parked car, especially at parks and gyms.

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(615) 794-4000
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Franklin Police Officer celebrated for 25 years of service; Officer Carlos Cordero to retire, Friday

Born and raised in rural East Texas, Officer Carlos Cordero began his 25-year career with the Franklin Police Department in 1995. His law enforcement service, however, spans more than an impressive 35 years. After graduating from the Baytown, Texas Police Academy in 1985, Cordero’s early law enforcement career included service as a State of Texas Correctional Officer, Deputy Sheriff in Walker County, Texas, Narcotics Agent for the Central East Texas Narcotics Task Force, and Deputy Constable in Houston.

During his amazing 25-year career with the Franklin Police Department, Officer Cordero excelled at assignments in the 21st Judicial Drug Task Force, as a Detective in the FPD Criminal Investigation Division, and most recently as a day shift Patrol Officer known (and loved) for walking or riding his police bicycle on the downtown Franklin beat. His pleasant demeanor, bilingual abilities, and passion for keeping Franklin safe is sincerely appreciated and will be missed by residents, business owners, and his Franklin Police family.

“Officer Cordero has always been a consummate professional law enforcement officer,” Said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “He came to work every day with a wonderful smile and positive attitude— always ready to come to the aid of anyone who needed him. He will be incredibly missed by all of us.”

Officer Carlos Cordero said, “It has been a pleasure to protect and serve the citizens of Historic Franklin. I have met visitors from around the world on Main Street who fell in love with the charm and friendly people here. I have made great memories and met lifelong friends. Adios!” 


Alert citizens help get two DUI drivers off Franklin Streets, Monday

Citizens are credited with helping to get two impaired drivers off of Franklin streets, Monday night. At 9:35 pm, a citizen reported an erratic driver on Columbia Avenue near Downs Blvd. An officer spotted the vehicle near Battle Avenue and noticed that the vehicle’s airbags had been blown and that there was severe damage to the car. It is unclear what the vehicle struck. Officers stopped the vehicle and determined that the driver, 24-year-old Angel Santiago, of Franklin, was impaired and arrested him. Charged with DUI, Driving Without a License, Violation of the Implied Consent Law, and Failure to Maintain a Lane, Santiago is free on the $2,500 bond set by the Magistrate.

A little more than an hour later, officers responded to a crash at E. McEwen and Oxford Glen Dr., after a citizen discovered a truck that had left the roadway and crashed into an embankment. Officers determined that the driver, 52-year-old Rhonda Baskin, of Franklin, was impaired and arrested her. Charged with DUI, Resisting Arrest, Violation of the Implied Consent Law, Failure to Maintain a Lane, Failure to Report a Crash, and Driving Without Due Care, Baskin is free on the $5,000 bond set by the Magistrate.

Both Santiago and Baskin are due in court on January 19, 2021.


Update: Shoplifting suspect Brandon Vaughn identified, arrested

Brandon L. Vaughn | Hermitage, TN

With the help of citizen tips, Brandon Vaughn, of Hermitage, was identified and recently arrested for stealing three PS4 games from the Cool Springs Target in 2019.

Vaughn, charged with Theft, is free on the $1,500 bond set by the Magistrate. He is due in court on January 19.

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One of Franklin’s Top Cops celebrated for his service; Deputy Chief Greg Policastro to retire, Friday

Deputy Chief Greg Policastro, who joined the Franklin Police Department in 2014, is retiring. After beginning his career with the Baltimore Police Department in 1972, he served the Lakeland (Florida) Police Department for nearly 26 years, retiring at the rank of Captain to accept a position with the FPD.

After serving as Deputy Chief of FPD’s Criminal Investigation Division, Policastro is retiring as the head of the Department’s Field Operations Division, which includes Uniformed Patrol, SWAT, Crisis Negotiations, Underwater Recovery & Swift Water Rescue, Traffic & Motors Unit, and Bike Patrol. 

“It has been my pride and privilege to serve the City of Franklin over the past six years,” said Deputy Chief Policastro. “I’m grateful to Chief Faulkner and the remarkable officers who daily demonstrate their dedication and commitment to the residents and visitors of Franklin. I’m proud to have watched this team’s tireless work throughout the many challenges of this past year.”

Chief Deborah Faulkner said, “Deputy Chief Greg Policastro has been a valued member of my staff and the Franklin Police Department. He has served throughout his law enforcement career with pride and professionalism. I will miss him but look forward to seeing him around Franklin with his dear wife, Judith.” 

“Greg and his family have been an important part of our extended City family,” said City Administrator Eric Stuckey. “His contributions to the FPD and connection to our community are a great source of pride. I congratulate the Policastro’s as they start this new chapter and am glad that they will continue to call Franklin home.”

Deputy Chief Policastro’s last day on the job is Friday.  



UPDATE: Starbucks robber Dakota O’Daniel arrested in Pennsylvania


With the help of citizen tips, 23-year-old Dakota O’Daniel, the gunman in the October 26 armed robbery of the S. Royal Oaks Blvd. Starbucks has been apprehended in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, where he had fled to and was hiding out.

The convicted felon is awaiting extradition to Williamson County where he will be booked for Aggravated Robbery.


Crime Stoppers cash offered for ID of Academy Sports shoplifters

Franklin Police and Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who knows who these thieves are. On November 9, they shoplifted several hundred dollars in athletic wear from the Academy Sports in Cool Springs. They left in this silver Kia.

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Caught on Camera: Cash reward offered for ID of Franklin auto burglary suspects

Franklin Police and Crime Stoppers are offering up to $1,000 to anyone who can identify these auto burglars, wanted for stealing cash and other items from unlocked cars at a Cool Springs Retirement community.

Call Crime Stoppers if you recognize them:
(615) 794-4000,
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WANTED for Armed Robbery: Dakota O’Daniel

With the help of citizen tips, Franklin Police have identified 23-year-old Dakota O’Daniel as the gunman in the October 26 armed robbery of the S. Royal Oaks Blvd. Starbucks.

Officers located and impounded O’Daniel’s getaway vehicle, which belonged to his girlfriend, at a Hermitage apartment complex where the two had been staying. He, however, remains on the run.

O’Daniel is a convicted felon on probation and wanted for additional crimes in other cities. He is considered armed and dangerous and there is a cash reward being offered for information on his whereabouts. O’Daniel is 6’2″ with a slim build. He may be driving a red Ford Fusion with a Tennessee license plate of 3W1 1S7. Call 9-1-1 if you see him.

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with information: (615) 794-4000
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Franklin Police accepting donations for 2020 Kristi Clark, Carter Oakley FPD Christmas Toy Drive

You can leave your unwrapped toy for children, ages 1-17, in the Franklin Police Headquarters Lobby, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, between now and December 18.

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 six years later, Kristi’s dad, Brad Lewis, stays very much in touch with members of the Franklin Police Department. A 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 his daughter & grandson’s honor and donated them to the Franklin Police Department. Now, Franklin Police Officers want to fill them with toys for needy Franklin families.

The Franklin Police Department needs
– new toy donations –

Citizens can drop off a new, unwrapped gift for children up to 17-years-old,
–Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm– 
Monetary donations cannot be accepted.

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