A Franklin police officer patrolling an apartment complex over the weekend interrupted a series of in-progress auto burglaries.
At 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, at Sussex Downs on Magnolia Drive, the officer was checking the area and noticed someone running away from the scene. As that 17-year-old male was captured, several other suspects emerged and ran into a nearby cemetery. Officers quickly established a perimeter and called for a Williamson County Sheriff’s Office K9, which was instrumental in capturing the four additional suspects.
Officers determined that the suspects, aged 19, 18, two 17 and 16, all from Nashville, had burglarized seven unlocked vehicles. Among the items stolen were prescription medications, a large knife, clothing and cash.
A loaded gun that the teens had stolen during another auto burglary was recovered from the car they were driving.
All five suspects were charged with multiple counts of burglary, including 19-year-old Dion Cummings and 18-year-old Dejuan Buckley. They are both free on the $7,500 bond set by the Magistrate and are due in court on July 25.
Franklin police continue to urge residents to lock their car doors, especially when turning in for the evening, to keep from falling victim to this type of crime.