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Couple's life savings stolen from their bedroom

They said several cans filled with a total of $17,000 were emptied and thrown on the floor. (Source: WAVE 3 News) They said several cans filled with a total of $17,000 were emptied and thrown on the floor. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
William Snelling (Source: WAVE 3 News) William Snelling (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Alison Bell (Source: WAVE 3 News) Alison Bell (Source: WAVE 3 News)

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - A Jeffersonville couple in their 80s said two men showed up offering to repair their driveway for $20 and left with $17,000. 

William Snelling said he walked outside to close his car windows when two men in a champagne colored Chevy Silverado with Illinois license plates stopped outside his house. 

The two men, whom the couple described as clean-cut, white males, offered him a deal. 

"He would patch that hole and smooth it out for $20," Snelling said. 

Snelling said the men tried to negotiate in their driveway. But one disappeared. Snelling is partially blind and said he could barely see the two men. 

"I said ‘no I’m not going to give you $20, if I do I'll never see you again,’" Snelling said, "I didn't tell them I couldn't see."

But Snelling, a Marine veteran, and his wife said they lost a lot more than $20. 

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His wife joined him to try and talk to the man and they finally left. His wife then realized their bedroom had been destroyed.
 
"Here she come out with her little peanut can, all the money is gone,” Snelling said.

They said several cans filled with a total of $17,000 were emptied and thrown on the floor. The Snellings realized the men never wanted to fix their driveway. 

"I think they could see I was an old man, a crippled up old man, and so they figured boy, we've got the jackpot," Snelling said.
 
The Snellings daughter, Alison Bell, is devastated for her parents' loss.

"No one felt threatened, I'm just glad they weren't hurt," Bell said, "they take their money they worked all their life for."
 
She's hoping someone could have a shred of information that could help her parents or someone else. 

"I just want the word to get out there, stop them before they hurt someone else," Bell said. 

Jeffersonville Police they are investigating the burglary. Anyone with information is asked to call police at (812) 283-6633.

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