Shelton (WTNH) - A family said their bank account was drained after they alloweda local company to come into their home and sell a vacuum. Two ofthe salesman allegedly made off with blank checks along with thefamily's trust.
With no answers from police, the Vidal family, of Shelton,decided to Count on 8.
If nothing else, the salesmen who sold the Vidal family the$1,100 Kirby vacuum were persistent when they visited their Sheltonhome.
"They pretty much wouldn't leave, till she bought the vacuum,"said Rosana Vidal of Shelton. "They were here [from] 11 a.m. to 4-5p.m. -- it was pretty much all day."
But Rosana got a concerning message the next day from her bank.Money from an account she and her mother Ana rarely used had beentaken out and deposited at a People's BankATM in Stamford for $2,500.
"She didn't write the check, and I didn't write the check,"Rosana said. "I called the bank and said, 'I have this check thatwas deposited, nobody wrote this check.'"
The next day there was another check. This time $3,000 wasdeposited at a TD Bank inNorwalk.
"So then I called them and I'm like, 'How come this other $3,000check got posted to my account?'" Rosana said.
The family did their own investigation and discovered thatchecks from a bedroom desk were gone. Rosana's father believes atleast one of the salesmen, from a company called
"One would show you the [vacuum], the other guy, she no see it;she was looking at the guy showing her the stuff," said Pedro Vidalof Shelton.
"I talked to my mom, and she said 'they were in your bedroom,'"said Rosana.
That was back in July; the investigation stalled for threemonths until a phone call from News Channel 8 sparked police tocall the family to look at the case again.
A manager for SZ Enterprises told News Channel 8 that one of thesalesman quit shortly after the incident began and the otheremployee simply has disappeared.
Shelton Police are investigating and the family saidinvestigators are actively trying to track down the two men. In thefuture, the family revealed instead of having a store come to themthey'll shop the traditional way.
"Have a paper trail," Rosana said with a laugh.
An interesting sidenote: one of the banks has a surveillancepicture of a man depositing one of the checks but this person isn'tone of the two salesman. When the bank contacted him, he then putthe money back into the Vidal account.
Meanwhile, the manager of SZ said when they found out about thisincident in July it was certainly disappointing and troubling. Butthe company said this is not the way they do business.
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