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Franklin Police: Lock vehicles

Published 10:11am Wednesday, June 19, 2013

FRANKLIN—Three juveniles were taken into custody Monday night by Franklin Police, following an investigation into a theft from a vehicle in the 50 block of Crescent Drive. However, the three 16-year-olds were released due to the juvenile point system.

According to Lt. Tim Whitt, FPD spokesman, an officer responded to a call at 9:40 p.m. Monday in reference to items being stolen from a car on Crescent Drive.

While in route to the call, the responding officer encountered three juveniles, two of whom were carrying backpacks. As the investigation continued, the officer checked inside the backpacks and found a laptop and a pair of shoes. When police contacted the victim on Crescent Drive, that person indicated those were the items that had been stolen from the vehicle.

The three juveniles, all from Bruce Street in Franklin, were taken into custody but did not amass enough points to be placed in detention. They were released into the custody of their parents, pending juvenile petitions.

As the investigation continued, police discovered further evidence that related the juveniles to other thefts.

Whitt said that at 10:17 p.m. April 4 in the 200 block of Forrest Pines, three vehicles were ransacked and an umbrella taken.

At 11:54 p.m. June 16, three more cars were broken into in the 100 block of Forest Pines, where cash and computer disks were taken. And at 6:30 p.m., June 17, in the 600 block of Norfleet Street, a GPS unit was stolen from a vehicle. Whitt said these previous cases had all been cleared after the incident Monday night.

“What is troubling about this — is the cars were unlocked,” said Whitt.

He has been trying to get the word out to residents to keep vehicles locked at all times and not leave anything of value inside. He reiterated the same message again, warning people to be vigilant.

“Lock these things up,” he stressed.

“Keep your valuables secure and vehicles locked. And as always, report any suspicious activity to the police.”

  • handkusp45

    It’s getting to the point that I am suspicious of any teenager walking down the street.

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  • SandMan

    I seriously doubt Bruce St. residents will be at We Be Jammin! They aren’t allowed to drink in public & violate the City’s noise ordinance.

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  • Ol Skinny

    Publicly whip their Lil’ Butts down at the park just before the “We Be Jam’n” concerts….. ?

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  • 1stAmendment

    The juveniles will be tried in Juvenile Court – what the point system means is that the juveniles were not placed in detention upon being served a petition. In other words, they are “bonded out” in a sense, until the case comes up for trial. At trial, the judge can send them to juvie lock up.

    The point system means that the crime and the kid’s previous record is taken in account to determine if they are held in detention until trial.

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    • RWH

      Thanks, for a minute I was under the impression the courts were not going to do anything to them.

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  • RWH

    Someone please explain this point system as it pertains to “juveniles who commit crimes” with no punishment administered.

    I thought there is mandatory community service or boot camp if you can’t or won’t lock them up.

    Well the other consequence these juve’s need to consider is try it again on the wrong persons and jail will be the least of their problems.

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  • lookingforinfo

    Whitt says the unlocked cars were troubling? What the heck about 3 juveniles ransacking and stealing from the cars. Seems to me an unlocked car saved the owner from paying for a broken window. And what the HELL is a point system? I guarantee you will see these thugs in the criminal system again very soon. They have no reason to stop, hell they didn’t even get into trouble. All the Franklin PD did was give them the ability to gain confidence to commit more crime and to most likely NEVER to become productive citizen’s. Punish the little criminals hard the first time, make em scared, and maybe our prisons won’t be so over crowded

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  • RACN35

    “What is troubling about this — is the cars were unlocked,” said Whitt. BULLSH*T … even if it were a convertible , the little wanna be thugs should keep their thieving paws off other peoples property

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  • shocked

    The point system is ridiculous! Juveniles are able to commit crimes without being punished! It really doesn’t take a genius to know they will probably “strike” again! They should have been punished the very first time to deter them from doing this again. Unfortunately, this cruel world with the disrespectful people walking around mandates that we always keep vehicles, homes, sheds, etc… locked at ALL times. It’s a shame that young people feel they can take something that does not belong to to them. I just hope parents realize that it is time to go back to “old school” parenting where children were taught to be respectful and hardworking citizens and were DISCIPLINED when they did not adhere to rules!

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  • Natalya

    Sounds like a smart idea to teach kids that crime doesn’t pay, put them on a point system and let them steal from everyone in Franklin without any consequences.

    It’s good that they know they are on a point system as well, so they can get an accurate measure of just how many crimes they can commit without going to juvenile detention.

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  • SandMan

    Good advice, Tim, but it won’t do any good. There are people in certain parts of Franklin who are still naive & think “it won’t happen to me”. They will continue to leave their vehicles unlockede & blame the Police when their property is stolen.
    Much like the “naive natives” who leave their vehicle running as they go inside a store. “But I was only going in for a minute” they say. “What’s the big deal…this is Franklin”.How many times have you heard that?
    And people, it is NOT the PD’s fault that the “little angels/thugs” aren’t detained. They did not come up with the “point system”!Call your local Congressman on that one. The Police don’t write the laws…they enforce them!
    And Lucy….Tim Whitt is a LT.

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  • lookingforinfo

    Whitt says the unlocked cars were troubling? What the heck about 3 juveniles ransacking and stealing from the cars. Seems to me an unlocked car saved the owner from paying for a broken window. And what the HELL is a point system? I guarantee you will see these thugs in the criminal system again very soon. They have no reason to stop, hell they didnt even get into trouble. All the Franklin PD did was hive them the ability to gain confidence and beccoming ome more immune to be

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    • lookingforinfo

      Less likely to become productive citizen’s. Punish the little criminals hard the first time and maybe ou
      r prisons wont be so over crowded

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  • spider68

    Same here. What is this point system? Also I thought Tim Whitt was a Lieutenant.

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  • workingtodamill

    Point system??? WTH is that??? What happened to juvi detention? I bet they aren’t even scared od their parents.

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  • Really

    In this day and time I cannot believe people still leave their cars unlocked with valuables inside. With school out packs of unsupervised kids are just looking for trouble. Try getting a job and working for what you want, what a concept. Great job by juvenile services, kids know nothing will be done to them, that is why they are out of control. It will be interesting to see what the weak juvenile court judges do to these thieves, i’m betting not much.

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