Maryland State Police arrested a man Wednesday, Dec. 6, after he allegedly stole several Dyson vacuum cleaners from the Westminster Target and the Mount Airy Walmart.
Robert Chester Vickers, 40, of the 300 block of Brick Meeting House Road in Rising Sun, was charged with one count each of theft scheme between $1,000 and $10,000, theft between $1,000 and $10,000, and conspiracy to commit theft between $1,000 and $10,000, according to electronic records.
On Oct. 21, a Maryland State Police trooper was dispatched to the Mount Airy Walmart in the 200 block of Ridgeville Boulevard to investigate a report of a theft, according to charging documents.
A Walmart asset protection employee reported that a fire alarm was activated in the crafts department of the store. According to charging documents, video surveillance shows the suspect loading four Dyson vacuum cleaners into a cart at about 1:56 p.m. and exiting through the crafts section fire door to a white van parked outside. He loaded the vacuums into the white van without paying for the merchandise.
After reviewing video surveillance, the trooper identified the white van as a white Chrysler Town and Country minivan. He also identified a second suspect as the driver. On Nov. 1, still photographs of the suspect from inside the Mount Airy Walmart were forwarded to surrounding law enforcement jurisdictions in an attempt to identify the suspect, according to the charging documents.
According to the documents, a Westminster police officer responded to the lookout notice that was forwarded with the suspect photographs on Nov. 2. He said he received a report of a theft involving a similar method on Oct. 25 at the Westminster Target.
After investigation, the officer identified the suspect as Vickers. The last known address for Vickers was obtained through Maryland Motor Vehicle Association records, and a warrant was issued for his arrest Nov. 2.
Vickers was arrested on Dec. 6. He posted $5,000 bond Dec. 7 and was released.
Vickers is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 10, according to electronic records.