Friday, January 11, 2013
Wichita Police are trying to find suspects linked to nearly 25 burglaries, who pose as vacuum salespeople.
The suspects have been going to door throughout the city, trying to see who is and isn't home. When a resident opens the door, the suspects pretend to be selling Kirby vacuums. Once inside, they case the homes.
In most cases, they return weeks later and burglarize the homes, taking jewelry, cash and other small items. So far police believe they are connected to 24 burglary cases, most since the beginning of November.
The suspects are described as a white man and and woman who are not professionally dressed. Sometimes they have a vacuum with them that appears used, and other times they don't. They drive a white Ford 1-ton 10-passenger van, with a crooked front bumper and an out of state license plate.
Kirby says all salespersons should be licensed through the city, and that no one from Kirby has pulled a permit since 2009. Their employees also always wear a laminated photo ID.
If anyone matching this description has knocked on your door, the Wichita Police Department is asking that you call them at (316) 268-4221 or 268-4144.