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Burglars in Wichita have been posing as Kirby vacuum cleaner salespeople as a way to get into peoples' homes.
Police say they've struck at least two dozen homes since Nov. 1. The burglars have been working in teams of two, usually a man and a woman, and they're not usually dressed as well as real salespeople. Once they've received no answer at the door, they go in and steal small items like jewelry and cash.
Police say a real Kirby salesperson does not act suspiciously.
"Their employees are clearly identified and will provide identification," said Police Lt. Doug Nolte, who added that Kirby doesn't do much door-to-door selling in Wichita nowadays.
Police ask citizens to be on the lookout for suspicious activity in their neighborhoods, and to report it at 268-4221, the police case desk number. Detectives want to document patterns of activity and get descriptions of people and their vehicles.
The burglars have struck homes in all types of neighborhoods all over town.
Police believe some of the address that have been struck since Thursday include the 700 block of South Holyoke, in the area of Lincoln and Hillside, the 2400 block of North Parkdale, near 21st Street North and Maize Road, the 10800 block of West Bristlecone, which is near 29th Street North and Maize Road.