Theft of toilet from public park in Kyoto leaves authorities baffled

KYOTO —

At around 10 a.m. on April 2, a man living in the town of Fukuchiyamashi, Kyoto, called the police after he discovered that the light of a nearby parking lot had been vandalized with white spray-paint. Upon arriving at the scene, officers also discovered that an expensive, multi-function toilet had been stolen from a park located nearby.

According to the authorities, an entire multi-function toilet, complete with its accompanying hand rails, was stolen from the public restroom. In addition, the special washlet-style toilet seat and lid from another toilet were also missing, with the cost of damages and stolen items coming to some 300,000 yen.

After examining evidence left at the scene, police believe that the criminal used a screwdriver to carefully remove the joints that connected the toilet to its surroundings. Surprisingly, the toilets in the men’s room were left completely intact.

The city supervisor in charge said: “I’ve got to admit that it’s the first time I’ve heard of the theft of an entire toilet. It usually stops at a bit of vandalism, but the unit itself… Why someone would do such a thing is completely baffling.”

Source: Sankei News West

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  • -1

    Yurie Yoshida

    Its kinda bad but i got to admit its funny :D why would they take the toilet? and why from womens room only? :D Id better have this kind of crimes than random attacks on people.

  • 3

    TumbleDry

    The reason is in the article. 300,000 yen. Easy job, low risk and better return than a combini.

  • 4

    paulinusa

    There's a story that American bank robber Wille Sutton was once asked why he robbed banks. His response: Because that's where the money is. Now if you wanted to rob a toilet...

  • 0

    pizzatime

    lol

  • 0

    NeoJamal

    public toilets

    Well, they don't call them 'free goods' for nothing

  • 1

    FizzBit

    This is the warning shot over the bow. Abenomics baby! Get used to it. There's no copper wiring in many of the street lights on Detroit streets.

  • 3

    Farmboy

    Why someone would do such a thing is completely baffling.”

    Not at all! These are great toilets!

  • 1

    Maria

    The men's loos must have been so filthy, even a thief didn't want to nick them.

  • 13

    Ewan Huzarmy

    Police are looking into the theft, but one officer was quoted as saying "We have nothing to go on".

  • 0

    rickyvee

    it's like the reason people climb everest; because it's there...

  • 0

    combinibento

    Someone stole the toilet and the public has nothing to go on...

  • 2

    Dennis Bauer

    Those Toilets are very benri! maybe i should check Yahoo auctions for a cheap second hand washlet now ;)

  • 1

    90292

    Loo-crative, or just simply loo-dicrous?

  • -1

    marcelito

    Toilet otaku subculture.. This is "Cool Japan " material:-)

  • 0

    gogogo

    So you could resell it?

  • 3

    Jack Stern

    Hey Taro, let's change the toilet at our nomiya. I know where there's one we could get free. It comes with a Washlet, too. All we need to do is unscrew it. What do you think?

  • 3

    SimondB

    Police said they hope to flush out the culprits soon but at the moment their inquiries are bogged down.

  • -1

    leakemichael

    Maybe they needed a replacement for their own home......

  • -1

    ReformedBasher

    Stealing it is one thing but where will they put it? Unless they're going to dismantle it and put the parts in somebody's home or something?

    Pranksters?

  • -3

    Mocheake

    Hopefully the culprit(s) will be flushed out soon.

  • 0

    SauloJpn

    Haha, someone got tired of using their washiki....

  • 3

    Eigen

    It's amazing the crap people steal these days.

  • -2

    Julia Howe

    And a new Japanese perv trend in 3...2...1...

  • -1

    Henry Charles Valdez Jr

    two words. Toilet. Hugger.

  • -1

    combinibento

    The cops are clooless.

  • -1

    Thunderbird2

    Police are looking into the theft, but one officer was quoted as saying "We have nothing to go on".

    Boom boom!! The old ones are the best, Ewan ^_^

  • -1

    Tom DeMicke

    The world is going down the toilet!

  • -1

    Mike Walker

    A police spokesman said-" We have nothing to go on"!!!

  • -1

    majimekun

    I bet the robber is some kind of fetishist. Owning the toilets used by some many girls must be an incredible turn-on :)

  • 0

    Maitake

    Lotta bad jokes posted here...* clooless*..? mmmk, an attempt to use the british term for toilet? Someone's been hearing too many oyaji-gyagu...

    Not sure why it's so baffling for the cops... lotta practical reasons behind toilet theft. No security cameras anywhere near the park?

  • 0

    airrunwesker

    Ah! The camera in this particular female toilet probably needed replaced.

  • -1

    presto345

    People used to steal the paper from public toilets (so still now there is no paper), later the mirrors and washing basins and now it has come to this.

  • 0

    AkariYoshida

    Quite frankly unless the thief left evidence behind or unless there was a camera around I don't see the police solving this case

  • 0

    Ciara Akachan Peterson

    I think the police need to let this one go, surely they must have more important cases to be getting on with. This is just a petty theft. Hard times, maybe can't afford a toilet.

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