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 (US$3,100).
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. Perhaps the thieves banked on the ladies’ toilets being a little more sanitary?
The city supervisor in charge made the following statement:
“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.”
Police commented that they are continuing their investigation into the robbery.