$3,000 Toilet Stolen From Japanese Public Bathroom

04/09/2013 11:00 am ET

The city of Kyoto, Japan, may have flushed away $3000.

A very expensive toilet in a public park ladies' room was stolen by thieves who lifted the costly crapper from its moorings, reported.

“I’ve got to admit that it’s the first time I’ve heard of the theft of an entire toilet," a Kyoto official told "It usually stops at a bit of vandalism, but the unit itself... Why someone would do such a thing is completely baffling.”

Kyoto, however, isn't the only city recently plagued by commode crooks. Earlier this year, Milwaukee was plagued by a "bathroom bandit" who allegedly swiped $30,000 worth of automatic flush valves from urinals and toilets.

In January, Canadian Randy Nemirsky found himself in the awkward situation of offering a $507 reward for the return of his missing outhouse.

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