Police Reports: Taco Bell Can't Flush Out Plumbing Thief

For some reason, Mexican fast food chain is being targeted for restroom fixtures, and no one has any leads on the bathroom burglar.

The manager of ., reported Tuesday that between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., while the restaurant was open and doing business, someone disassembled and stole the flush valve from the toilet in the men’s restroom.

He said the thief had shut off the water to the toilet and left no tools or other evidence behind.

He reviewed video of people entering and leaving the restaurant during the day, but he said no one stood out for any reason and there were far too many to be worth investigating.

He also told police that this has happened at a number of other Taco Bell restaurants recently. The $300 valve was made of chromed brass.

In other recent incidents:


Police stopped and questioned a 20-year-old Milwaukee man after spotting him walking among cars in the parking lot of Divine Savior Holy Angel High School, 4257 N. 100th St., which is an all-girls school. Officers said the man appeared very nervous when interviewed, backing away from them and stammering. When they asked him why, he said he had a BB gun in his pants waist. The gun was not loaded and he had no BBs on him, and a criminal background check revealed no record. He said he had just worked eight hours at his job at a Mayfair Mall restaurant and was returning the BB gun to a friend who had lent it to him. When he offered to turn over the gun and a small knife to be destroyed, police took him up on it and let him go.


At 11:12 p.m., a 45-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for disorderly conduct after she became abusive and profane and started throwing things around in Shepherd’s Sports Bar, 6715 W. North Ave. Police were called at 10:39 by the bartender, and an officer arrived to find the woman on her knees in the middle of North 68th Street trying to pick up things she had dropped. She was highly intoxicated and could not find her identification, eventually dropping her purse in front of the officer and telling him, “You look for it.”


A resident of the 2500 block of North 88th Street reported that between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday someone had entered the family’s unlocked garage and stolen a bicycle.

At 6:52 p.m., an employee of Sendik’s, 8616 West North Ave., reported the theft of four liters of liquor by two unknown men. She said she had seen them leaving and thought they looked suspicious, as both were wearing baggy clothing and left through the entry door. Sure enough, when she checked video footage, both men were seen to enter, go straight to the liquor aisle and stick two bottles apiece down their pants. She provided the police a copy of the video.

An employee of Suson Eye Specialists at Mayfair Mall reported that at about noon, a couple posing as customers stole a pair of designer eyeglass frames worth $395. She said the woman distracted her while the man filched the frames, and she didn’t notice the loss until they were long gone.

A resident of the 4700 block of North 103rd Street reported that for the second time in three nights her and her husband’s unlocked cars had been entered and rifled. This time, she had lost a GPS unit. The first time, her husband had not reported the incident because he thought nothing was missing, but she later found that $200 cash that she had left in her car had been stolen.

A resident of the 4700 block of North 100th Street reported that overnight someone had entered his SUV and stolen a GPS unit and a satellite radio. He said he believed that he had locked the vehicle but as there were no signs of forced entry, he guessed he must have failed to do so.

A Brookfield woman reported that between 10 and 11:20 a.m. someone broke out a window in her car and stole her purse while she was at the North Suburban YMCA, 2420 N. 124th St.

A pastor from Ottawa, Ontario, visiting the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, 2929 N. Mayfair Rd., reported that between 9:55 and 11:20 a.m. someone broke into his rental car in the parking lot and stole a travel bag and its contents, including a GPS unit and an Apple laptop computer.


A man and a woman, both 25, were arrested at her Milwaukee apartment for passing a counterfeit check at Target, 3900 N. 124th St. A loss prevention officer at the store said he had recognized the woman as a suspect he was building a case against for repeated check frauds there and at Targets throughout the area, amounting to thousands of dollars in losses. He provided Wauwatosa police the check just passed and the information he had gathered, and officers found the two at home and took them into custody.

At 8:22 p.m., a 24-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for possession of stolen property at Mayfair Mall after an employee of Victoria’s Secret reported her carrying what she thought was a foil-lined bag. She was stopped by a police officer just outside a mall exit. She was in fact carrying a foil-lined bag, and in it were three items from Forever 21 with the security sensors still attached.

At 7:57 p.m., a 23-year-old West Allis woman was arrested for disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana after a resident reported seeing her urinating in the bushes on the southwest corner of North 60th Street and West North Avenue. When police arrived, the woman was running across the intersection, but instead of fleeing, she jumped on top of a large concrete planter and began yelling, while holding an empty beer bottle. She admitted relieving herself in the bushes. She was searched and found to have a small bag of pot on her.

pupdog1 September 30, 2012 at 05:01 AM
Fer Chrissakes, What is it about that shrubbery at 60th and North ?!?
king Free September 30, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Must needed watering...
Jim Price September 30, 2012 at 08:13 PM
pup, there is a great story behind those bushes – well, not, behind them, that's more of a silly story. Rather, above them and across the street. There is a woman who lives in a second-floor flat overlooking the corner who sits and watches the bus stop nightly for signs of ill behavior. She is responsible for every one of the blotter items you have read about public urination at that location (and a few worse infractions), and there have been a lot. No doubt there are other bushes being overwatered at other bus stops, but none of them enjoy the vigilant attention of this sharp-eyed citizen. One of these days I'm going to contact her and see if she's willing to do an interview. She ought to get some kind of recognition.
paul hruz October 01, 2012 at 03:20 AM
I guess Taco Bell doesn't clean the restrooms for over 5 hours, and the couple that had their cars gone through and still don't lock them don't seem too bright
sparky October 01, 2012 at 04:54 AM
Given the choice of losing spare change because the doors were un locked or a broken window and some spare change because the doors were locked which one do you choose?


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