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Holiday safety shopping plans by are police get results

Michael Gordon, Susan Baran and Derek Sewell are shown in their mug shots after being arrested in connection with crimes that occurred recently in the Cool Springs area. 

Undercover Franklin police officers have worked closely with retail security teams across the city to make dozens of arrests since Black Friday.

This past weekend, plain clothes officers arrested a Missouri fugitive they observed peering into car windows in a Galleria Boulevard parking lot. Saturday at 7:16 p.m., Michael Eugene Gorden, 39 of Hermitage, was found in possession of Dilaudid and marijuana, along with tools commonly used to break into cars. Officers found a BB gun that was a realistic replica of a semi-automatic handgun under a seat in his nearby car.

Gorden told officers that he was a convicted felon and that he had served nine years in an Indiana prison for armed robbery. Now wanted by Probation and Parole Officers in Missouri, Gorden was arrested and charged with possession of burglary tools, two counts of drug possession, possession of a firearm by a felon, and being a fugitive from justice. He remains in custody on a $61,500 bond and is due in court Dec. 13. at 2 p.m.

In a second incident Sunday afternoon, undercover officers observed 34-year-old Derek Sewell of Kentucky acting suspiciously in the mall parking lot. They radioed to security who had previously observed Sewell conceal a name brand shirt and exit a store. When officers stopped Sewell as he was getting into his car, they saw a variety of drug paraphernalia, including syringes and pipes, along with anti-theft defeating devices. Sewell and his companion, Susan Baran, 39 also of Kentucky, were arrested. Sewell, charged with theft, drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of tools to interfere with anti-theft devices, remains jailed on a $13,500 bond. Baran, charged with drug possession and possession of tools to interfere with anti-theft devices, was released on a $10k bond. Both are due in court Dec. 13 at 2 p.m.

Franklin Police Lt. Charles Warner said, “These arrests should serve be a reminder that Franklin shopping districts are heavily monitored and that officers are committed to the protection of shoppers, and the arrest and prosecution of criminals.”

Posted on: 12/4/2012


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