STORE BURGLARY: Local Vacuum Shop Break-In

Burglars broke in a Des Moines store’s display windows stealing just two vacuums. But owners say the theft is the least of their worries.

Boarding up the broken windows, and cleaning the mess vandals left behind didn’t take long for vacuum shop owner Karry Grant. But addressing the permanent damage isn’t as easy.

Grant and her husband opened Des Moines vacuum three years ago. Grant says, “When I pulled up I just couldn’t stop crying. I didn’t want to go home and tell him. My husband that somebody did this to us again.”

This is their third break in. And like the last two break in’s Sergeant Daniel Blom says it’s unlikely they’ll find any fingerprints to identify who did this. Blom says, “Those can often be difficult to find because there is no witness and we are not sure therefore what the suspect may have touched.”

The suspects broke the glass and stole the two display vacuums. Vacuums the family purchased for parts only. Grant’s son says, “The worse part about it is they got two vacuums that don’t even work. So I mean they lost on that one I guess.”

The vandals stole about $20 worth of vacuums, but cleaning up this mess will cost this family business thousands of dollars. Grant says, “Nobody understands how many vacuums we have to sell just to pay our rent.”

Grant hopes to have the window taken care of by Monday. But she says it will take more than a few days to forgive whoever did this to her family.

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