Suspects Pose As Officers, Steal Thousands From Elderly
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro Police detectives are trying to catch two men who posed as police officers and stole thousands of dollars from three elderly women.
Police said the suspects told the victims, on separate occasions, that someone was trying to take money from their bank accounts and they would have to go with them to their bank to withdraw cash in order to protect it.
In two of the cases, the suspects drove the victims, ages 77 and 78, to their banks where the women drew $11,000 and $1,000 respectively. One of the suspects went inside the bank with the 77-year-old victim while she withdrew money.
"I think it's awful. I know I wasn't in my right mind. I would have never done it. I don't know what he did. He didn't touch me. They didn't do nothing to me and they were friendly with me," said one victim.
When the 77-year-old victim checked the money bag the men gave her after taking her home, the $11,000 had been replaced with envelopes. The suspects told the 78-year-old that they would keep the $1,000 for safekeeping.
In the third case, the men were driving the 87-year-old victim to her bank when she told them she felt ill. They drove her home but she had already given them $1,200 cash in an envelope. They returned the envelope but replaced the money with newspaper.
All three victims live near downtown in north and east Nashville. Police said there could be more victims in the case.
"It's very possible there are others. Often times when we get cases here in the fraud unit there are other cases that go unreported," said Metro Police Detective Ryan Catron.
Officials said the suspects carried radio and badge and drove a dark blue or black four-door sedan or SUV. They were both described as black men who appear to be in their mid to late 50s.
Anyone with information about this crime was asked to call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.