NEW: Suspect video of Hardees robber released; Cash reward for info

(Surveillance photos taken from Hardee’s and nearby area businesses)

Franklin Police and Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps to identify this March 9 robber who held up the Columbia Avenue Hardee’s.

The suspect was wearing two jackets and a baseball hat when he walked into the restaurant at 5:15 am, indicated that he had a gun, and demanded money. No one was injured during the robbery. The suspect can be seen in a nearby surveillance photo carrying a skateboard.

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

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Crime Stoppers cash offered for ID of credit card crook

Franklin Police and Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who can help identify this thief. On March 5 he used credit cards stolen from a shopper’s purse to purchase more than $2,500 in gift cards at the Cool Springs Target.

Recognize him?
Call Crime Stoppers:
(615) 794-4000
or click to submit an anonymous eTip
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Crime Stoppers cash offered for ID of Walmart shoplifter

Franklin Police are working to identify a suspect who got away after he tried stealing almost $500 in merchandise from the Mallory Ln. Walmart, March 5. When security stopped him in the parking lot, the suspect abandoned the stolen merchandise and took off running. He left in a Nissan Versa. There is a cash reward if you know who he is.

Recognize him?
Call Crime Stoppers:
(615) 794-4000
or click to submit an anonymous eTip
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Cash reward offered for ID of Hardee’s Robber

(Surveillance photos taken from Hardee’s and nearby area businesses)

Franklin Police and Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that helps to identify this Tuesday morning robber who held up the Columbia Avenue Hardee’s.

The suspect was wearing two jackets and a baseball hat when he walked into the restaurant at 5:15 am, indicated that he had a gun, and demanded money. No one was injured during the robbery. The suspect can be seen in a nearby surveillance photo carrying a skateboard.

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

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WANTED: Leronte Burks; Cash reward for information

Franklin Police are seeking the whereabouts of 23-year-old Laronte Burks. He’s on the run after evading Franklin Police Officers attempting to arrest him on a felony warrant out of Giles County. Burks is now facing new charges in Franklin, including Felony Evading and Reckless Endangerment With a Deadly Weapon.

Burks is a convicted felon with a violent history who is currently out on probation. There is a cash reward for information on his whereabouts.

Call Crime Stoppers
(615) 794-4000, or
click to submit an anonymous eTip
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Wanted for Aggravated Assault: Johnny Chafon Menifee; Cash reward for information

March 11, 2021 UPDATE: Menifee has been arrested. 

February 26, 2021, Franklin, TN – Franklin Police are searching for 59-year-old Johnny Chafon Menifee.  On Tuesday night, Menifee severely beat a family member during an argument in the home on Fairground Street. The victim is in stable condition. Menifee may be driving a white Lincoln Town Car.

If you have information on Johnny Chafon Menifee’s whereabouts, call Crime Stoppers at (615) 794-4000, or click to submit an anonymous eTip.

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No one injured after drunk driver’s car slides into ditch, bursts into flames

At 1:00 Wednesday morning, officers were dispatched to Harpeth Dr., near W. Main Street, in Franklin. A passerby called to report a driver in the ditch who may need assistance.

Landon Wilkinson
Age: 22
Franklin, Tennessee

Arriving officers found the vehicle on fire. The driver was located on foot in the area after the vehicle became fully engulfed in flames. Officers determined that the driver, 22-year-old Landon Wilkinson, of Franklin, was impaired and arrested him. Wilkinson was carrying a handgun in his pocket at the time of his arrest.

Charged with DUI, Driving on a Suspended License, Possession of a Firearm While Intoxicated, Failure to Exercise Due Care, and Leaving the Scene of a Crash, Wilkinson remains jailed on a $12,000 bond. He is due in court on May 25.

Booze It and Lose It
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Wanted: Dequante Daniels; cash reward for information

UPDATE:
Daniels has been located & arrested.


February 5, 2021:
Franklin Police are asking for the public’s help to find 24-year-old Dequante Wanya Daniels. He’s wanted in a January Aggravated Assault and Attempted Robbery that happened in a Hill Estates neighborhood driveway.

There is a cash reward for information on his whereabouts.

Call Crime Stoppers:
(615) 794-4000
or click to submit an anonymous eTip
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FPD bids farewell to long-time employee, Mary Casteel

Today the Department bids farewell to a long-time employee and friend, Mary Casteel.

Mary began her career with the Franklin Police Department as an Emergency Dispatcher in 2006, before transitioning into her current role as a Communications Support Specialist. Today is her last day on the job.

Mrs. Mary Casteel was born and raised in Toledo. Before joining the FPD, she served for eight years in the U.S. Navy in an administrative role and as a Gunner’s Mate. Mary plans to visit friends and family while grieving the recent loss of her beloved husband, Larry. One of the things she is looking most forward to is spending more quality time with her 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

“Mrs. Casteel has been a valued member of the Franklin Police Department for many years,” said Chief Deborah Faulkner. “She will be greatly missed, but we all wish her the best in her retirement.” 

“I’ve loved being a part of the FPD family and the opportunities I’ve been given,” said Mary Casteel. “It’s been an incredible honor to help citizens by talking them through some of the scariest moments of their lives over the telephone, and to work with this special team of public safety professionals. I will truly miss being with my Franklin Police Department family every day.”  

COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, AND CITIZENS CAN LEAVE THEIR SENTIMENTS AND WELL-WISHES FOR Mary Casteel BY POSTING THEM IN OUR LEAVE-a-REPLY FIELD.
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