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“Half a pint of beer please. Oh, and one of your toilets..."

Date 8 Jan 2007
Author The Editor

Police said on Friday they were hunting a man who stole a urinal from a pub toilet. The suspect walked into the Royal Oak pub in Southampton, ordered half a pint of beer and then made several visits to the men's toilet. There he carefully removed a white urinal from the wall, stuffed it into a rucksack and was captured on closed circuit television walking out with the bulging sack on his back.

"He made a very, very expert job of dismantling it from the wall and turning the water off. A very professional job," landlord Alan Dreja said in a video on the Southampton Daily Echo newspaper's website. A police spokesman said the thief may well have been a tradesman: "One of the theories is the guy is some sort of cut-price plumber who is going round and stealing parts to order."

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