Franklin Police have found Joseph Eads. His family has been notified, and the previously issued Silver Alert has been cancelled.
A serial shoplifter is behind bars thanks to a citizen tip. On May 9 and again on May 11, Franklin Police put out a press release asking for the public’s help to identify a serial shoplifter wanted for stealing Beats headphones, and other electronics, from the Cool Springs Target and Galleria Apple Store. A tip recently led to officers identifying the suspect as 35-year-old Printic Newsome.
Newsome, a convicted felon, is being held in the Williamson County jail on a $9,500 bond. Charged with Theft, Felony Theft, and Failure to Appear, Newsome is due in court on 08/25/2018 at 1:00 pm.
Posting surveillance photos of unidentified suspects, like this, is incredibly helpful with getting suspects identified and into custody. The Department is grateful to the news media who helps us to spread the word, and to engaged citizens who are willing to call in and share information that helps keep Franklin safe.
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An intensive investigation has led to the identification of a suspect responsible for more than 15 auto burglaries, two stolen vehicles, several credit card frauds, and the aggravated burglary to a family home – all in Franklin.
Kedarius Smith, 20, of Nashville, is currently in custody in Simpson County, Kentucky. He is awaiting extradition to Williamson County, where he will be charged in a slew of crimes in Franklin.
Franklin Police are glad that Smith is off the street, but say that the need for residents to lock their car doors every night is as important as ever. “The number of burglaries to cars left unlocked by their owners continues to be a big problem,” said Lt. Charles Warner. “Preventing crime isn’t just police business – it’s everyone’s business. Residents who remove valuables from their vehicle and lock their car up every night are dramatically less-likely to become an auto burglary victim. We need your help, Franklin. Please, PLEASE, lock it up.”
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Released June 4, 2018: New photos are being released of a suspect wanted in a string of auto burglaries from Franklin’s Falcon Creek and Ladd Park neighborhoods.
*** Notice the unusual white spot on the suspect’s right elbow ***
Following the burglaries, this suspect quickly used credit cards he stole from unlocked cars. The unidentified suspect has been seen in the black Nissan pictured below. He has also been seen in a second vehicle, believed to be a black Honda.
Franklin Police and Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information about this suspect.
Call Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000
or submit an anonymous eTip
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Early Thursday morning, as seen in this video, the suspect entered several unlocked cars in Franklin’s Ladd Park Subdivision. Only unlocked vehicles were targeted, and the suspect stole anything of value inside: gift cards, credit cards, electronics, etc.
Most troubling is the semi-automatic handgun that was stolen from one of the unlocked cars. The suspect, seen in these still images, used credit cards that were stolen during the burglaries later that same morning at the Walmart on Mallory Lane.
Franklin has seen an uptick in overnight auto burglaries in neighborhoods across the city. Police want to remind residents to remove your purses, computer bags, and other valuables – especially firearms, from your vehicle every night, and lock your car doors. Criminals hate well-lit areas, so be sure to turn on those outside lights, as well.
Franklin Police are offering a Crime Stoppers reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who can identify the suspect in these photographs and this video.
(615) 794-4000, or
click to submit an anonymous eTip
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The Franklin Police Department is proud to have one of nine local police officers soon deploying to Southwest Asia with the 118th Security Forces Squadron of the Tennessee Air National Guard. Franklin Police Officer Steve Chittanavong will provide law enforcement services to protect high-value assets abroad, in support of enduring U.S. interests.
“Our airmen have been working to get ready for this deployment and their knowledge and abilities are unique,” said Col. Keith Allbritten, 118th Wing Commander. “Both their civilian and guard jobs have prepared them for this deployment. We have nine security forces airmen deploying that are full-time police officers. We are thankful to their communities and police departments for letting them serve their nation at home and abroad.”
Officer Chittanavong was sworn in as a Franklin Police Officer on January 12, 2017. “The Department has been nothing but good to me since I have been with them,” said Chittanavong. “They are very supportive of the military and I know they are there with open arms if my family needs assistance while I am away.”
The Franklin Police Department recently raised a Blue Star Flag in honor of the husband, father, and Franklin Police Officer. Chief Deborah Faulkner said, “I am proud of Officer Chittanavong’s service to our City, its citizens, and our Country. We look forward to retiring that flag when he returns safely home.” More than 30% of Franklin Police employees are U.S. Military Veterans.
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On April 26, shoplifter Brayden Bartlett repeatedly hit and kicked Target security personnel, demolishing anti-theft security towers during his getaway in Cool Springs. Bartlett was taken into custody on July 8 and remains behind bars at the Williamson County Jail.
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At 2:20 this morning, an officer attempted to stop a car on Murfreesboro Road near downtown Franklin. The driver ran a red light and a stop sign while attempting to evade the officer, before crashing into an electrical box near 501 5th Avenue N.
The driver and a second suspect fled from the vehicle and into a nearby wood line. A Williamson County Sheriff’s canine tracked the driver, 20-year-old Nathan Kifle, to Mt. Hope Street where he was hiding in some bushes. Officers are working to identify the second suspect who managed to get away.
Officers ordered a third suspect, 20-year-old Emmanuel Wol of Antioch, from the wrecked car. Property that was stolen during a recent rash of Franklin auto burglaries was found inside the vehicle.
Officers charged Kifle with Felony Evading, Misdemeanor Evading, Improper Display of Registration, Disregarding a Traffic Signal, Disregarding a Stop Sign, Drug Possession, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Stolen Property, Underage Possession of Alcohol, Leaving the Scene of a Crash, Failure to Report a Crash, and Felony Vandalism. He is being held in the Williamson County Jail on the $33,000 bond set by the Magistrate.
Franklin Police charged Wol with Underage Possession of Alcohol, Drug Possession, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Stolen Property. He remains jailed on the $10,500 bond set by the Magistrate. Both suspects are due in court on July 12 at 1:00 pm. Wol was wanted by Metro Police for Robbery at the time of his arrest in Franklin.
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Approximately 40 Franklin Police Officers assisted in the search for escaped prisoner Joseph Ray Perkins. We suspect that Perkins may have used the stolen Vulcan Materials truck to flee the Franklin area following his escape from custody early this morning. Our officers remain in close communication with partner agencies as the search for Perkins continues.