Potty-room pilfering: Auto flushers stolen in Ohio

Published: Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 8:31 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 8:31 a.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A restroom rip-off in central Ohio has automatic flushers disappearing from the bathrooms at restaurants and other businesses.

Police say it's been happening in at least a couple Columbus suburbs. Investigators don't know if the thefts are related.

Handyman John Hahn tells WBNS-TV (http://bit.ly/yGqJ3c ) the flushers are likely being stolen for scrap because they contain a metal called red brass that can bring $2.50 per pound.

He says safeguards are needed because the flushers can be costly to repair.

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