California 'Vacuum Salesman' Sucked Up $25,000 in Jewelry, Police Say

Police say a man pretending to be a door-to-door vacuum salesman stole $25,000 in jewelry after a widow let him into her Cypress, Calif. home.

The woman called police Wednesday after discovering the jewelry missing, Sgt. Tom Bruce said. She suspected the would-be salesman who showed up on her doorstep Tuesday and in the middle of his sales pitch asked to use the bathroom.

The man disappeared down the hallway and returned several minutes later after rifling through the woman's bedroom dress to steal her jewelry, Bruce said.

The man asked to stay for dinner but the woman turned him down, authorities said.