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Crooks trap elderly couple in bathroom, rob house

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Montgomery County Sheriff's Department officials say two crooks forced their way into the home of an 83-year-old man and his wife. They said they were selling meat, but they instead trapped the couple in a bathroom while they robbed the house. 

There's a welcome mat in front of the Clarksville home where Billy Powell has lived for more than 70 years. He and his wife, Francis Powell, said it'll be a long while before they can answer a stranger's knock on their door without questioning their intentions.

"I won't open my door anymore unless I've got my gun," said Billy Powell.

Wednesday, the Powells said two men pulled up to their Trough Springs home.

"When he went to the door, they told him they were selling meat," said Francis Powell.

When Billy Powell said they weren't interested, the men returned, asking the Powells to pass out their cards. That's when things got scary.

"I unlocked the storm door, and they just walked right in," said Billy Powell.

"They said, 'This is what's going to happen now,'" Francis Powell remembered. "'Stay calm. We're just here to get your money. Give us everything you have, and no one will get hurt.' He pulled a hammer out of his pants pocket. He said, 'I can kill you.'"

Billy Powell gave up his wallet, and the two men forced the couple into the bathroom, telling them to lock the door and not come out for three minutes.

"I just knew when they told us to go to the bathroom, they'd probably kill us in the bathroom," said Francis Powell. "That's what I thought. I thought they're going to take us in the bathroom and kill us."

Within 10 minutes of the crooks knocking on the door, the men stole the wallet money and were gone.

Keeping each other close, Francis and Billy Powell said they've found a way to keep their sense of humor.

"He went to the wrong person," laughed Billy Powell. "He didn't know much about women because she had more money than I did! He didn't get into her wallet."

The Powells added they won't truly feel safe in their old familiar home until these crooks are stopped from trying this again.

"It changes your life," said Francis Powell. "It makes you uneasy."

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Department said both suspects were white with brown hair in what looked like a military-style cut. One was wearing a gray plaid jacket with a hood. They were seen driving off in a newer four-door silver vehicle, possibly a Honda.

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