Police in pursuit of stolen toilets

A few johns are long gone, and deputies are looking for the hot seats.

 

Someone broke into a tractor trailer and stole an unknown number of toilets Thursday night or Friday morning, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

The toilet caper is quite unusual, investigators said.

"It's the first I ever heard of it, and I've been here 22 years," said Sgt. Ken Rogers, a property crimes investigator. "I never heard of it, but I think you can pawn anything."

Anything but toilets, at least at one local pawn shop.

In his 14 years in the business, Ray Bigger said he has never had someone attempt to pawn a toilet, and he wouldn't accept it if someone did.

"I'd probably laugh," the owner of Cardinal Pawn, Title Pawn & Jewelry said.

Not laughing, though, is Gerald Terrell Gilmore, who reported the crime.

The truck driver said he parked his rig in a parking lot in the 2500 block of Tobacco Road. Someone cut a "heavy duty" lock securing the load.

Reach Greg Gelpi at (706) 828-3851 or greg.gelpi@augustachronicle.com.