“Crapper Scrapper” suspected in 18 burglaries


JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. – Catchy criminal nicknames are usually reserved for Denver-area bank robbers these days. But in this case, authorities in Jefferson County couldn’t resist.

Donald Allen Citron, 47, dubbed the “Crapper Scraper,” is suspected in at least 18 burglaries in the metro area where the targets were toilets.

“Citron is suspected of entering businesses with a backpack and tools, going to the restrooms and stealing the plumbing from the toilets,” said Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mark Techmeyer. “He would steal the pipe from the wall to the toilet, the flush valves, and any other brass hardware associated with the toilets.”

Techmeyer says Citron has stolen plumbing from office buildings, a Taco Bell, a King Soopers, a theater, a university and a hospital.

The value of the copper stolen and the damage caused ranges from approximately $300 to $1,000.

Citron has not been formally charged. But he faces potentially dozens of counts of burglary, theft and criminal mischief, Techmeyer said.

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