Toilet flush valves stolen from restaurants

Published On: Feb 04 2013 09:38:19 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 04 2013 10:39:45 PM CST

Feb. 4, 2013: A bizarre new crime trend has restaurant workers keeping a close eye on their restrooms. Byron Nichols reports.

TOMBALL, Texas -

Police say thieves have been hitting up restaurants along the Tomball Parkway to steal toilet parts for cash.

Ivan Lee, the manager of Shipley's Donuts, said the thieves are stealing parts and trying to sell them at scrap metal places for some quick cash.

Lee said he's taking major precaution and has since installed locks on his toilets.

Police said the thieves have also targeted an Applebee's, Taco bell, and the Church's Chicken on West Main.

The toilet valves are made out of brass and are worth around $100 each.

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