Donald Citron, a 47-year-old Colorado man has been jailed after police say he burglarized the toilets of several Denver area businesses.
According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Citron targeted the toilets of at least 18 businesses in the Denver area, stripping the commodes of any part that was made of copper or brass.
Citron, who is employed as a plumber, would then exchange the parts for cash at local scrap yards.
The businesses Citron targeted includes malls, restaurants, office towers and and the University of Denver.
“He would carry a bag with him and would go in to public toilets sometimes lock himself in, sometimes not, and he would very quickly remove all of the equipment from the toilets,” said Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, Jamie Greaser.
Citron was finally caught when the employee of an area business saw him exit a bathroom with a bag full of toilet parts. The employee took down Citron’s license plate number and called police.
Detectives believe Citron burglarized far more businesses than they’ve been able to connect him to, judging by the number of trips he’s made to area scrap resellers. The estimated cost of the thefts he’s been linked to so far is estimated to be about $6,400.
Citron was booked into the Jefferson County Jail on suspicion of burglary. He faces up to 18 counts of second-degree burglary.