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.
“We identified him as our suspect during an investigation, and later learned he was in custody in Kentucky on unrelated charges, and placed a hold on him,” Franklin Police Lt. Charles Warner said.
Police are glad that Smith is off the street, but Warner stressed 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.”
Burglaries from unlocked cars have been reported all over the region. Many of the unsecured cars contain credit cards, electronics, and even firearms.
Following the burglaries, the suspect later identified as Smith quickly used credit cards he stole from unlocked cars.
Video and still surveillance photos of a man matching Smith’s description, and cars that he was using, were captured in Ladd Park and Falcon Creek.