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Police: Victim fires at burglar

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A Franklin man stood at the top of the stairs of his apartment and fired his shotgun down the staircase at a burglar during the second break-in on consecutive nights.

Franklin police are now looking for the burglar who broke into the apartment in the 1600 block of Crescent Street about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The resident, Jacob Hayes, 27, first called police Monday evening to report that someone had broken into his apartment the previous night and stolen a wallet containing cash and a driver’s license, Franklin Police Lt. Kerry Atwood said. The person had pushed open the back door of the home in order to get in, Atwood said.

When Hayes went to bed Monday night, he placed a large metal tool box in front of the door to help keep it shut, Atwood said. About 1:30 a.m., he woke up because he heard the door knob being jiggled and then heard the tool box slowly sliding across the floor, Atwood said.

Hayes grabbed a 20-gauge shotgun. When he got to the top of the staircase in the apartment, he saw a man walking toward the bottom of the stairs and told him to freeze. The man took one step up the stairs, and Hayes fired. The shot missed the man and hit the front door of the apartment, Atwood said.

The suspect ran away and was last seen running north from the apartment toward Schoolhouse Road. Hayes’ girlfriend, who was in the house at the time, called police.

Police did not find any blood at the bottom of the stairs, so Hayes likely missed the man despite the staircase being narrow, Atwood said.

Franklin police brought a police dog to the house to try to track the burglar, but the dog was not able to pick up a scent, Atwood said.

Officers are continuing to investigate and have some suspects, he said. No one has been arrested.

Hayes wasn’t able to get a good look at the intruder but told police he was wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt and jeans, was about 6 feet tall and weighed about 180 pounds.

Anyone with information about the break-ins should contact Franklin Police Department at 736-3670.

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