Hats off to burglary victims, police

Published 9:46 am Saturday, April 16, 2011

Thanks to the victims of a Wednesday morning break-in and a fast response by Franklin police, an 18-year-old suspected burglar is behind bars.

The unnamed victims — two women who live on Thomas Street — gave police a good description of a man who broke into their home at 8:30 while they were apparently sleeping. They also are credited with making an immediate call to police, who nabbed suspect Dekwate Lankford two blocks away on South College Drive.

Lankford’s arrest hopefully gives the good folks of Franklin some comfort, given there’s been nearly 40 residential break-ins so far this year.

Police on March 30 arrested two more Franklin men for allegedly burglarizing a total of eight homes in the city. Charles Cary, 21, of the 300 block of Pearl Street and Christopher Artis, 18, of the 1400 block of South Street were charged with break-ins at 303 W. Fourth Ave., 302 Beamon St., 599 W. Second Ave. 4A, 700 Charles St., 401 W. First Ave., 827 Cool Spring Street, 402 W. First Ave. and 305 Bogart St.

Police can’t be everywhere, and we’re sure most burglars make sure the cops are not around when they break into a home. The best thing citizens can do is be the eyes and ears for police. If you see or hear something suspicious, call the cops. It’s OK if it turns out to be nothing.

If you’re the victim of the crime, do your best to provide as much detail to police as possible. Even the smallest detail can result in an arrest.