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Men preying on elderly women stealing thousands in cash

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Two men have gotten thousands of dollars by preying on elderly women.

They pose as police officers to gain the women's trust, then tell them an elaborate story, convincing them to withdraw money from their bank account.

When it's over, the women are left with nothing but some shredded up paper and envelopes.

One 77-year-old grandmother of four was mopping the floor in her East Nashville kitchen when she heard a sound.

"They knocked on the door," the woman said. "I peeped through there. I opened the door and let them in."

There was a middle-aged man at the door. A younger man stayed inside a dark blue or black four-door sedan or SUV. Both men said they were undercover police officers. They had what appeared to be badges and police radios. They also had knowledge that the 77-year-old woman had money in the bank.

"He asked me if I had a gun," the woman said. "He was real friendly, real jolly."

After gaining her trust, the con man told the grandmother, who we chose not to identify, her money was in danger at her bank and she needed to bring it home.

She went to the bank with the men, and surveillance video shows her arriving with the men and writing out a withdrawal slip for $11,000 in cash.

"The bank man knew immediately something was wrong," said the woman. "He walked the floor, he twitched his mouth. He did everything to get my attention."

But by this time the grandmother was afraid if she forced the bank manager to call police, she'd be shot. So she walked out the door carrying $11,000 in $20 bills with the thieves right behind her.

"It was all in boxes. It was stacked with $20 bills," the woman said. "It was heavy. They gave it to me and I carried it out and put it in the car."

By the time the men had dropped her off at home, they'd switched the bags with shredded paper. The victim will likely never get the money back.

"I wrote the check," the woman said. "It was my money and they gave it to me. It's gone."

The grandmother said she was trusting her faith to make things right while police work with surveillance photos of the men to make an arrest.

"Anything the devil steals from me, God will give back to me," the woman said.

Two other elderly women were taken for much less money by the same men within days of each other.

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