Police in Franklin have stopped two catalytic converter thieves in their tracks.
Officers interrupted an in-progress theft last week in the CoolSprings Galleria parking lot. Laquetta Eugene, 44, of Houston, TX, and 32-year-old Chesare Rivers of Memphis were arrested on September 30. Officers spotted Rivers under a car with an electric saw, and moved in. After they did, they discovered 26 catalytic converters in the car Eugene was driving. All of them appear to have been cut off of victim’s vehicles, and detectives are hoping to identify some of those victims.
Laquetta Eugene | Age: 44 | Houston, TX
Chesare Rivers | Age: 32 | Memphis, TN
Cars missing a catalytic converter will have a loud roaring sound, especially when accelerating. Criminals who steal catalytic converters are hoping to cash in on up to $800 on the black market. The high value is due to precious metals like platinum and rhodium that are used to make them.
If your catalytic converter was stolen in the past couple of weeks, Franklin Police want to hear from you. Victims can contact Franklin PD Criminal Investigations at (615) 791-3237.
Franklin Detectives are investigating an auto burglary that occurred in the Westhaven Subdivision on August 27 at approximately 1:53am. A purse containing cash was stolen from the unlocked vehicle parked in the victim’s driveway. The suspect was caught on a Ring camera. Area residents are asked to check their home surveillance systems for anything that might help identify the suspect.
Franklin Police urge residents to always lock their car doors, and remove valuables from parked vehicles. Doing these two things greatly reduces your risk of becoming a victim. Franklin Police and Crime Stoppers are offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information, with an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000. eTips can be submitted here.
Franklin police are seeking additional information on the robbery of a Columbia Avenue Chili’s employee. On November 27, a black male suspect accosted the victim who was getting off of work and into his vehicle, holding a knife to his face while demanding cash. The victim was not hurt, but the suspect slashed one of his tires before fleeing on foot. There is a cash reward for information.
Police want to remind citizens, especially restaurant employees who may be carrying cash from tips, etc., to be vigilant when going to their cars at the end of their shift. Leaving in groups of two or more can increase your safety and help prevent crime.
Franklin Police have charged one of the suspects involved in Sunday’s attempted carjacking and shooting at the Dwell at McEwen apartments.
Joshua Hallmon Age: 24 Murfreesboro, TN
Joshua Hallmon, 24 of Murfreesboro has been charged with Attempted Murder, Attempted Carjacking, being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony.
Hallmon is currently in custody in Rutherford County on similar charges out of Murfreesboro. He is a convicted felon with a serious criminal history.
Detectives are working to identify and arrest the second suspect in this case.
Franklin Police are investigating after an attempted Sunday night carjacking at the Dwell at McEwen apartments.
At 11:45 pm, two black males approached the victim and ordered him out of his vehicle. One of the suspects fired a shot into the vehicle as the victim began backing away. Thankfully, the victim was not struck by gunfire. The suspects fled in a white 4-door car and remain at large.
Apartment residents who may have seen something or have personal home surveillance cameras with exterior views are asked to contact Franklin Police.
There is a cash reward for anonymous information in this case.
Call Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000 or click to submit an anonymous eTip
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Franklin Police are investigating after a group of auto burglars was caught on camera in Westhaven. Home surveillance video shows the suspects checking car door handles & rifling through unlocked vehicles. These burglars simply moved on every time they encountered a locked car.
Franklin Police want to stress the importance of locking your car door, even when it’s parked in your own driveway. As seen in this video, doing the #9PMRoutine can greatly reduce your chances of becoming a victim.
There is a cash reward, so call Crime Stoppers if you recognize the suspects in this video.
Franklin Police and Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward for information about two suspects who stole 11 Apple Watches & 20 Apple Pencils from the Cool Springs Apple Store on February 8. The loss in this case is almost $7,000.