07/10/2013 at 04:00 PM EDT
The next time a married neighbor asks if she can swim naked in your backyard, think twice!
Stephen Amaral, a Tennessee man who allowed his neighbor's wife to skinny dip in his pool – while he watched for 20 minutes – was stunned to discover that it was just a ploy to distract him.
The couple, who live nearby, approached Amaral with the wife asking if she could swim. When Amaral said she could, the woman sent her husband to get her cigarettes and then asked Amaral if he would be bothered if she swam in the nude.
Not a problem, Amaral said.
"I went and got her a towel, she dried off and all of a sudden she was soaking wet again," he told CNN affiliate WKRN
. "I escorted her outside and invited her to church, but she said she didn't have time for that, she wasn't ready for that."
Police in Tennessee say that while Amaral was watching her swim in the buff, the husband was busy robbing the house.
Amaral told police he felt "violated" and that the gun that was stolen from his house had sentimental value, revealing it was a service weapon he used while he was a Mississippi deputy and he planned to pass it down to his grandchildren.
Two suspects have been identified, but no arrests have been made. The estimated cost of the stolen items, which reportedly also included stolen jewelry and medication, is $2,000.