TOI­LET THIEVES FLUSHED OUT AF­TER 100 LOOS GO MISS­ING

The New European - - Agenda -

Cash, jew­els even race­horses – thieves have tar­geted an ar­ray of dif­fer­ent things in the past. Toi­lets, how­ever, have never been close to the top of the list of de­sired swag. But two light-fin­gered Ger­mans have been con­victed of steal­ing more than 100 por­ta­ble toi­lets – luck­ily for them though the judge took pity and they have avoided be­ing sent to the can. Dus­sel­dorf dis­trict court de­liv­ered its ver­dict, giv­ing a 40-year-old man a 10-month sus­pended sen­tence and his 28-year-old co-con­spir­a­tor six months sus­pended. Both men worked for a waste dis­posal com­pany from whose premises the toi­lets, worth more than £60,000 in all, grad­u­ally dis­ap­peared. It took com­pany bosses months to re­alise that their stock of toi­lets was mys­te­ri­ously di­min­ish­ing. The men ad­mit­ted hav­ing sold the toi­lets to a com­pany in the Nether­lands via a go-be­tween. Only three of the miss­ing toi­lets have resur­faced. Per­haps un­sur­pris­ingly the de­fen­dants have been sacked.

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