Sioux Falls Restaurants Targeted by Toilet-parts Thief
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Forget about cash drawers. It seems that robbers striking restaurants in Sioux Falls have another target in mind: toilets.
A dozen fast food restaurants have been hit recently by a thief – or thieves – targeting brass flushers and other metal pieces that can be easily stolen in the privacy of the public restroom.
Kevin Kopsas tells KELO-TV that the parts are likely being sold for scrap. Kopsas should know: As manager of TJN Enterprises Operations, he runs the type of recycling business that buys such items.
Kopsas says the flusher out of a commercial bathroom weighs about four pounds, meaning a thief could get about $7 for one.
Kopsas says recycling businesses nationwide are seeing stolen toilet parts showing up on their lots.
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