At approximately 1:11 AM on November 17, 2022, Franklin officers were dispatched to the area of 418 Partridge Street for a report of an attempted breaking and entering of a motor vehicle.
The resident of that address observed someone with a flashlight trying to open her car door which was parked in the driveway. She yelled at the subject and the individual ran to a waiting vehicle and sped away toward Lincoln Street. The witness stated there were multiple people inside the car.
Officers remained in the area and began a search for the vehicle and subjects. A short time later, while checking the area of Partridge Street, an officer observed a vehicle interior light on and the resident there stated someone had just tried to break into his car and house. Officers then observed two vehicles that matched the description on Elm St. The officer attempted to stop the vehicles but they continued onto Lincoln St. The officers lost sight of the vehicles on Lincoln St. and attempted to catch up to the vehicles. As the officers approached Winterberry Drive they observed one of the vehicles had crashed into the wooded area at the corner of Winterberry Dr. and Lincoln St. This vehicle was unoccupied when the officers arrived. It was later learned that this vehicle was stolen from Partridge Street.
The second vehicle was observed by officers on Winterberry Dr. As officers attempted to approach this vehicle, it attempted to strike two police cruisers in an attempt to get away.
The officers pursued the vehicle into Wrentham where the Franklin Officers terminated their pursuit.
A K-9 search of the area around the crashed vehicle was conducted. During this search another vehicle was located and after an investigation, two occupants were arrested. Items, including stolen property and a loaded handgun magazine, were found inside of this vehicle. No firearm was found. An evidence search is being conducted this morning with assistance from the Metro- LEC search and rescue team to ensure a firearm is not in the area.
The following individuals were arrested and will be arraigned today in Wrentham District Court:
- Jonathan Rodriguez, age 24, from New Britain, CT will be charged with possession of ammunition without an FID card, larceny of credit card, larceny of motor vehicle, receiving stolen property.
- Rachel Hernandez, age 21, from New Britain, CT, will be charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
- A third person in the vehicle, a juvenile, was released to a parent and charges may follow.
As of the time of this media release the Franklin Police has received approximately 33 reports of vehicle break-ins last night and this number is expected to increase. These breaks occurred all over town. Organized criminal groups have been known to travel to different towns and conduct these types of criminal acts.
This is an ongoing investigation.
The police department requests that residents check their vehicles and homes and report any suspicious activity. Also, please check any camera systems for suspicious activity during the night of 11/16 – 11/17 and contact the Franklin Police Detective Unit Tips Line at 508-440-2780.
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