Originally created 11/22/04

New crime grips Alabama: Potty tipping

DOTHAN, Ala. - A new crime has reared its stinky head in southeast Alabama: Potty tipping. Someone has been overturning portable toilets at four construction sites in the Dothan area, with one company reporting that four or five were flipped in a week. Several firms have complained.

"They are very upset about it," said police Capt. John Givens said. "And we want it to stop."

Givens said it costs the companies to clean up the mess. So officers plan to step up patrols in areas where the vandalism has occurred.

"We have started paying closer attention to those sites," Givens said.

Anyone caught vandalizing a portable toilet would be charged with criminal mischief, a misdemeanor.

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