A 90-year-old woman told her church elders some men were targeting her house, so they acted quickly and set up a camera.
Video surveillance ultimately captured two men burglarizing the woman's home while she was inside on December 16.
The footage shows two men knock on the door, then go inside the home. A short time later, they exit with the woman's purse.
“We couldn't believe it when we saw it. It shows it very clearly and you can see them bringing the purse outside,” said Buck Dozier, Madison Church of Christ Elder.
When church members saw the video, they thought the best way to catch the crooks was to make the video go viral, and Metro police say they may be right.
“As they begin to give us more information, as they begin to put things on Facebook, begin to alert the media and get all avenues involved it makes solving crimes that much easier,” said Lt. John Drake with Hermitage police.
It was then shared amongst other Facebook profiles and community pages.
“About a year after we started the Hip Donelson, page we saw there was a need for the neighborhood watch system to be involved in this,” said Frank Trew with Hip Donelson.
The two suspects are still on the loose. Anyone who recognizes them is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.
Police said the men could be tied to other burglaries in the Donelson and Hermitage area.