Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Vacuum Cleaner Scam Fails For Sparta Man

Charges of theft and evading arrest have been filed against a Sparta man, who allegedly purchased one vacuum cleaner and then tried to steal a second one from the Cookevlle Walmart store. Police say the suspect is 41-year-old Brian Eric Packard of Everitt Street. They say he came into Walmart and loaded a Dyson Vacuum Cleaner into his shopping cart and attempted to leave with it. When he was confronted by store security, Packard reportedl produced a receipt for a Dyson vacuum cleaner. But store officials say the receipt did not match the serial number for the vacuum he had. They told police that Packard had come in earlier and purchased an identical vacuum cleaner -- just so he would have the receipt. But as they were questioning him, he took off. Officer Mitch Harrington saw him running through the grass near Hollywood Video and claims that Packard refused several commands to stop. Harrington caught up to him on foot and took him to the ground to be handcuffed and returned to the store for identification.