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Police: Bandits stealing toilet pipes in NM

Posted: February 7, 2013 1:00 p.m.
Updated: February 7, 2013 1:00 p.m.
 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police say bandits are hitting up Albuquerque public restrooms and running off with metal pipes that automatically flush toilets.

KOB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/Yd0tuL) that Albuquerque police commander Will Roseman says authorities have seen a rash of thefts involving Flush-O-Matics. He says the toilet pipe bandits are going into restrooms and taking the metal out.

Police believe the thieves hit up businesses by posing as plumbers. According to authorities, the pipes sell for around $30 on the black market but cost businesses about $400 to replace.

A police report says at least one Albuquerque-area recycling plant has been buying the stolen pipes.

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