MESA, Ariz. — Authorities say two carpet cleaners are accused of stealing
more than $30,000 in jewelry from homes around the Phoenix metropolitan area.
Mesa police say Justin Bauman and Keith Baldwin are being held on suspicion of
theft and trafficking in stolen property.
Police didn’t immediately provide information Thursday on the men’s ages and
Bauman and Baldwin allegedly stole jewelry from customers’ homes to sell as
scrap metal between July and December.
Police say the men have admitted to stealing from multiple customers in
Phoenix, Scottsdale and Fountain Hills.
They say six customers have been identified as victims who discovered jewelry
missing after having their carpets cleaned by the suspects.
The owner of the cleaning business says he was unaware of the thefts and has
been cooperating with the police investigation.