The Weapon: a Soda Bottle. The Victim: This Town's Toilet
Sheboygan suspect has been shoving bottles into community commodes for a year and a half now
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2018 8:20 AM CDT
Don't put bottles in the toilet.   (AP Photo/TOTO)

(Newser) – "This is very strange … and gross, but that is the reality of life." So laments a Facebook post Tuesday from the Sheboygan Police Department in Wisconsin, filling the public in on what the Sheboygan Press has deemed a "curious commode caper." The crime: "Over the past year and a half, someone has been clogging the women's toilet at the Deland Community Center with a 20 ounce soda bottle," the PD writes. The Sheboygan parks chief says the perp isn't flushing the bottles, but rather cramming them into the toilet pipe—about 12 times in 2016, 14 times last year, and at least three times already in 2018. And it's proven an expensive infraction, with the city in some cases having to remove the toilet to remove the bottles; it has spent as much as $3,000 on the issue. The same thing has also happened at another public facility, though not to the same extent.

There aren't cameras in the center's public women's restroom, but there are some nearby, and the footage suggests a man may be entering the bathroom to do the dirty work. A local mom tells WTMJ that the constantly out-of-order bathroom isn't only inconvenient for the city's wallet, but also for mothers with young children who have to use that bathroom when they're near the community center along Lake Michigan. "I don't even know where the other nearest bathroom is, so it's a real pain when we can't use this. … As taxpayers, we pay for that," she says, adding: "I really hope they catch whoever is doing this. What a creep." Police are asking the public to call 920-459-3341 with any intel. (This woman's toilet problem remains a classic tale.)

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