Police looking for pair of vacuum thieves

Posted at 5:21 PM, May 05, 2012
and last updated 2012-05-06 00:14:41-04

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS - Police in three different counties are looking for a group of thieves suspected of stealing high-end vacuum cleaners.

The suspects are targeting Dyson vacuum cleaners, high-end machines with price tags of more than $600 each. Detectives can link the suspects to at least a half-dozen stolen Dyson machines with a total value of more than $3,500.

"We believe it's a type of theft ring that's involved in stealing just Dyson vacuums. There's been several thefts throughout Utah County as well as Salt Lake County," said Sgt. Craig Martinez, Orem Police Dept.

Surveillance video captures one of the suspects with a Dyson machine in his car as he prepares to roll it out of the Target in Cottonwood Heights. The group has also targeted a Kohl's store in Orem and at least one theft in Davis County.

Police say the men are likely selling the stolen vacuum cleaners on the Internet.

"Dyson vacuums are always a hot item with thieves because they're expensive and there's people out there willing to pay a good amount of money for them, especially when they're brand new," said Martinez. "These guys are stealing some pretty high-end vacuums and we're assuming they're pawning them or selling them online."

The two men are described as white and in their mid- to late-20s. They were last seen driving a mid-sized, four door sedan, possibly a Honda.

Anyone with information about the thefts or the suspects is asked to contact Cottonwood Heights Police at 801-840-4000 or Orem Police at 801-229-7070.