An east Nashville woman has changed her locks and added a burglar alarm to her home after two men posing as police officers convinced her to withdraw $11,000 from her bank account and then took the money.
The woman does not want to be identified because the men are still on the loose.
“I can't sleep because you don't know if he is coming back or what,” she told Nashville's News 2, “it has been awful.”
The woman said two men knocked on her kitchen window November 13 and said they were working as undercover police officers.
She let them into her home and the men told her that her bank account had been compromised. The men told her she needed to go with them to her bank and withdraw her money to protect it from being stolen.
The woman complied. The two men took her to Bank of America on Gallatin Road where surveillance cameras snapped pictures of one of the men with the woman at the counter as she made the withdrawal.
“[The teller] knew something was wrong and he tried every way he could to give me some kind of way to let me know,” she said. “I knew he was doing something but I didn't know what it was.”
The woman said the man told the teller he was her brother and that she was withdrawing the money to make a land purchase.
After the money was in hand the woman said the men drove her home. That is when fear hit the woman.
“We got down the road a little piece and I got scared because he didn't go back they way he came,” she said. “I thought they are fixing to do something to me.”
The men then swapped the bag that had her money in it with a bag with an empty box.
“The minute I picked up the bag I knew the money was not in there, but I was just glad to get out and I just walked on home,” she said.
Metro police said the two men victimized at least two other elderly women around the same time period between November 13-15.
In another case a 78-year-old woman handed over $1,000 to the men after they told her they would keep it safe for her.
In a third case, the men were driving an 87-year-old victim to her bank. She told them she felt ill and they took her home. She had already given them $1,200.
The men are described as black men who appear to be in their mid to late 50s. They carried radios and badges. They were driving either a dark blue or black sedan. They could also be traveling in a similarly colored SUV.
The 77-year-old victim said the bank will not cover her theft because she withdrew the money and gave it to the crooks.
She said her family is helping provide for her and she has since added a burglar alarm to her home as a precaution.
Anyone with information about the two men is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME or text the word “CASH” to 274637.
You do not have to give your name and you could receive a cash reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects.
- Dec. 11, 2012: Police seek identity of men who stole from elderly women
- Nov. 19, 2012: Men trick elderly woman into withdrawing $11K from bank