Police warn of vacuum cleaning demonstration scam

By WEEK Producer

January 15, 2014 Updated Jan 15, 2014 at 8:57 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Police are warning people in the Peoria and Bartonville area of a scam involving a vacuum cleaning demonstration.

Authorities say that homeowners are approached by a woman who says she is with Midwest Elite Sales or Kirby Vacuums. She tells the residents that she will clean their carpets for free.

Once inside, she tells two men to bring in the vacuums. While one cleans, the other goes through the home attempting to steal money or belongings. This process may take several hours.

Homeowners who are approached in this manner should call the Sheriff's Office at 672-6011.

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