Friday, January 18, 2013
UWM ask suburban police for an assist in arresting a 33-year-old Brookfield man as the suspect in the thefts of loads of toilet and urinal valves throughout the Milwaukee area.
Police believe they have at last solved the mystery of the missing toilet valves. UWM and Brookfield police teamed up Wednesday to arrest a 33-year-old Brookfield man on suspicion of stealing toilet valves from, at the least, the UWM campus and two locations in Brookfield. But flush valves for toilets and urinals have for months been going missing from all over the metro area. Fast food restaurants, grocery stores and college campus bathrooms have been favorite targets. The automatic flushing units being stolen cost from $300 to $600 to replace, and the total value of thefts are estimated at about $30,000. According to a Brookfield police report: At 1:27 p.m. Wednesday, UWM called Brookfield police to ask that an officer be sent to meet …
Friday, December 14, 2012
A man who has targeted automatic flush valves off of toilets and urinals continues to hit local restaurants and college campuses.
A man who has targeted automatic flush valves off of toilets and urinals continues to hit local restaurants and college campuses. Sgt. Ray Radakovich of the Greenfield Police Department told TMJ4 that a man, who the news station has dubbed the “Backpack Bathroom Bandit,” has stolen automatic flushers from at least 20 bathrooms with parts valued at more than $30,000. Restaurants and college campuses in Brookfield, Pewaukee, Milwaukee, West Allis and Greenfield have been victimized, Radakovich said. Police now have video of the suspect, as seen in the TMJ4 report. It is believed the man in the video is responsible for similar thefts that occurred at McDonald’s on 27th Street in early October. On Oct. 22, the same man reportedly took similar …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Valuable electronic flush valves have been disappearing from local establishments in recent weeks.
Southeastern Wisconsin has been hit hard by an unusual string of thefts, with Greenfield locations being targeted at least three times this month. The popular item? Valuable flush valves for toilets and urinals. Just weeks after a thief reportedly stole two such flushers from McDonald’s, 4275 S. 27th St., another McDonald’s and ITT Technical Institute had their flushing devices lifted Oct. 22. “We are currently meeting with other agencies that have also experienced these thefts, most notably West Allis and Pewaukee,” Greenfield Assistant Chief Paul Schlecht wrote in an email. The first incident Oct. 22 happened around noon at McDonald’s, 5040 S. 76th St. According to the Greenfield Police Department report, electronic flush valves from …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Two expensive electronic mechanisms were taken from the men's bathroom at McDonald's on 27th Street on Oct. 9.
"Metal flushing mechanism" isn't on the McDonald's menu, but that didn't stop a thief from ordering, er, taking a pair of them from a Greenfield McDonald's last week. According to the Greenfield Police Department report, an employee at McDonald's, 4275 S. 27th St., reported to police that sometime between 1-2:30 p.m. Oct. 9, someone stole the metal flushing mechanism to the urinal and toilet in the men's bathroom. The employee told police the mechanisms are electronic-based, making them very expensive, and that one plumber told the employee the parts would cost approximately $500 each to replace. The employee also told police that three other local McDonald's have had the same bathroom mechanisms taken.