Franklin police have ramped up their patrols following four daytime burglaries at two different apartment complexes in a two-day span.
"We want to send a message to the suspects that this is not the place that they should continue their crime spree," said Sgt. Charlie Warner with the Franklin Police Department.
Police said thieves broke into two apartments at the Grove at Shadow Green, an un-gated community, at 2000 Toll House Circle Wednesday.
Residents of the complex like Sean Groleau received notices from the leasing office about the break-ins.
"[The notes were] not to alarm us by any means, just to keep us aware. Be safe, lock the doors, just a quick reminder," said Groleau.
More than 10 miles away, and on the other side of town, the same scenario played out again Thursday when two residents of Wyndchase Aspen Grove, a gated community at 3100 Aspen Grove Drive, returned home in the afternoon to find their apartments were forced open.
Investigators said the suspects stole valuables from inside three of the four units. One of the units was vacant at the time of the burglary.
Police described the crooks as both brazen and cunning since all four units were adjacent to a remote area, like a wood line, which is not easily seen by others.
"Which indicates to us that these suspects are cowards. They're afraid of getting caught and so they're victimizing apartment homes that they think no one will see what they are doing," said Sgt. Warner.
Officers are meeting with management at each of Franklin's 20 apartment complexes Friday.
The goal is to reach out to residents with crime-prevention information and to develop any potential leads in the burglaries currently under investigation.
Franklin police is asking apartment-dwellers to be extra vigilant following burglaries.
"I'm confident that a resident could provide us the tip that it's going to take these suspects in custody," said Sgt. Warner
If you have any information about the crimes call Crime Stoppers 615-794-4000.
Thursday, August 28 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:28:07 GMT
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