JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Valuable parts have been stolen from restrooms across the Denver metro area and then cashed in for money. Now investigators say they know who is responsible.

Donald Allen Citron, 48, faces 18 charges, including burglary and theft. He’s accused of stealing toilet parts from several locations, including Southwest Plaza Mall, University of Denver, and Craig Hospital.

Most of the crimes happened in just a few minutes, but police Citron is a plumber and all he needed was a wrench and a screw driver to steal pipes and the plumbing in toilets. The items he’s accused of stealing are valued at around $6,400.

Donald Allen Citron (credit: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)

Jefferson County deputies say Citron stole toilet plumbing, pipes and flush valves at several businesses and restaurants in return for cash from local metal scrap yards.

“What he takes and gets very little money for at these scrap yards is costing these business thousands of dollars to replace,” Jamie Greaser with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department said.

“He would carry a bag with him and would go in to public toilets, sometimes lock himself in, sometimes not, and he would very quickly remove all of the equipment from the toilets,” Greaser said.

At one business a vigilant employee realized what Citron was allegedly doing.

“He watched the suspect walk in to the bathroom and leave with the parts from the toilet. And he walked outside and got a license plate number and it just went from there,” Greaser said.

(credit: CBS)

Investigators say there are 18 known cases of the toilet theft. They include the Southwest Plaza Mall in the family restroom area, a Littleton Chick-fil-A, a Denver Taco Bell, King Soopers, and even the Bowles Crossing movie theater.

Investigators say based on the number of trips to scrap yards, they believe Citron has hit other businesses as well.

“We believe we’ve only hit the tip of what he’s done and we believe that there are several more that are not reported,” Greaser said.

Comments (62)
  1. sailordude says:

    Too funny! Plumbers can legally rip you off but this dude couldn’t stop at that point!

    1. Joe Bite-me says:

      Is it just me, or does he look a lot like Uncle Eddie without the tanktop?

    2. Bill says:

      Maybe they need video surveillance in there!

  2. Nomad says:

    From the looks of this guy’s hair, he was given one too many “swirlys” and is just taking revenge on the toilet.

    1. Fleagle says:

      LMAO @ “swirlys” – Ahhh all those high school memories come “flooding” back.

      1. Terry says:

        I thought I did my best to “flush” those memories from my mind……

  3. Tony says:

    what’s with the vortex on his head?

  4. DrPeter says:

    He should get double the jail time, just for being such a stupid worthless white man.

    1. heatherfeather says:

      Dat’s rayciss!!


      2. voierjeioj says:


    2. voierjeioj says:


      1. abob says:

        Stop yelling with the all cap letters Clarence. Geez that’s annoying.

      2. 'Jericho" really NEEDS to happen! says:

        No, but if you don’t turn your caps off, Chico voierjeioj, I’ll slap you back across the border…

    3. LaVonte d'Ashawn Jackson IV says:

      you prejudis

    4. Truth Monger says:

      At least he wasn’t selling crack to earn a living. Your mother should have swallowed………..

    5. Dat Be Rayciss says:

      DrPeter, or ‘peter doctor’, for such a d*ckhead comment.

    1. voierjeioj says:

      perfect adjectiives are a wonderful thing…

  5. Ben says:

    I’m a plumber by trade and I take offense at the comment above stating I’m legally ripping you off. I have a skill set you do not good sir. Pay up get a license and knowledge and then you too can charge the high prices that we plumber charge!

    1. Matt says:

      People have no idea what you have to go through to get a plumbers License, the 5-7 years working for someone, then the Block Exam to qualify the Company.
      Those exams are hard to pass, they even ask accounting questions, things you pay bookkeepers to know. It’s not easy. 1-2 dollars per minute is well worth it with a truck filled with over 100k in supplies and tools. Best to you.

      1. Larry Hinze says:

        Good come back, Potsie!

      2. E.T. says:

        then you send out an illegal mexican to do the work and charge 200. an hour

    2. Joe says:

      We have a choice, we can do it ourselves if we think you charge too much. The thing is, when we look at the time, effort and skill required to do the work, the licensed plumber isn’t actually a rip off……, the rip off is paying almost as much for some dude who says he can do plumbing, and a year later having to call the real plumber to fix the original problem AND the stuff made worse by the imposter.

      1. NeverHappened says:

        Give me a break. Unelected officials took over Washington and the media after the coup and cover up. Even most of the comments online are financed with your tax dollars. Big brother is trying to create the perception of public opinion while burying the truth. They think you can’t handle the truth. Fact of the matter is we have no democracy, president, and freedom of press is an illusion.

        Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out.

        Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the biggest cover up in world history before it disappears forever much like me.

    3. Nomad says:

      I think I know you, is your last name Dover?

  6. Mike Merryman says:

    Plumbers are original evil!

    The crook up there should have spread some manure on his scalp and grown himself some new hair.

  7. shazam says:

    uhh….dood! Your hair…its….there is a circle on your head….dood!

  8. Heard Junk says:

    According to the article, …”a vigilant employee realized what Citron was “ALLEGEDLY” doing”. To all of you commenting here, I refer you to the word ALLEGEDLY. This means that this gentleman is innocent until proven guilty by a jury of his peers. For all you know, this could be a simple misunderstanding. The writer of this story understands this and is trying to be fair, to avoid a rush to judgement, With all of your comments condemning the suspect, along with the suspect’s unfortunate hair-do, how do you expect him to get a fair trial now? Ya-hoos.

    1. Lifeisfun says:

      OK I guess we know who made bail.

    2. LaVonte d'Ashawn Jackson IV says:

      Heard Turd: shut up stupid.

  9. Alex says:

    Obamanomics in action, yet another violation of our rights. The gov’t constantly violates our rights.
    They violate the 1st Amendment by caging protesters and banning books like “America Deceived II”.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by allowing TSA to grope you.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars.
    Impeach Obama, support Ron Paul.
    Last link of “America Deceived II” before it is completely banned:

  10. Texasbil says:

    Is this a repeat of the copper clapper case????

    1. bobby says:

      Good one!

  11. Hersh Hemmingstone says:

    I hate to say it, but the publishing of this story will probably spawn a new herd of toilet thieves as they are always looking for easy cash and are short on ways to get it. I guess cameras in the stalls will be coming soon from Janet with a cost to the public of only $50,000.00 per cam.

    1. rr says:

      we buy cameras for our property at $50 each…

      1. Count Yob says:

        You, obviously, don’t work for the government.

    2. Collin says:

      That’s a good way thinking about it! It all pieced together after you pointed that out.

  12. Malcom says:

    wouldn’t be better form of justice to chop his hands off and banish him away from society? let him go live in San fran sicko where the liberals take care of trash like this.

  13. steve5150 says:

    If this guy is a plumber he should be in jail doing plumbing work for one dollar an hour until he works off all the damage he did.

    1. Mike5150316 says:

      Only thing worth reading on this article and comments is that Steve 5150 listens to quality music

  14. Every day, Colorado becomes a little more like South Park. Well played, boys.

  15. BDDD says:

    Colorado. Figures. Kali-East… .

  16. iambicpentamaster says:

    His hairstyle is either indicative of an asymmetrical monk or bowing too close to the propeller…

  17. john martin says:

    hair fail!!!

  18. Smashicus says:

    Piece of waste, disgrace to the human race. Probably a friggin’ dope fiend.

  19. me2 says:

    I needed this laugh! LMBO

  20. Larry Hinze says:

    I heard he wiped out their entire supply of TOILET PAPER!

  21. tr91752 says:

    Looks like his body is rejecting his hair transplant.

  22. AmericanLesion says:

    Maybe he’s from Flushing Bay

  23. Buck O'Fama says:

    He was flush with success until he got wiped out. Now he’s going to be the butt of all the jokes in the can.

  24. Fleagle says:

    The judge should throw the Charmin at this sorry fellow and give him a ten to turdy year sentence…….

  25. clean flush says:

    In prison [and let’s all hope he serves the full term of his sentence] he can ply his trade. He can clean out the toilets. The state can save on water because there would be no flushing. Everyday, all day, he cleans out all the toilets–no tools, just his hands. He would leave prison completely cured of his obsession with toilets. Oh, we could only hope for such an appropriate punishment/rehabilitation. Alas, he will claim mental disease, get his wrists slapped, and will get probation.

  26. Joseph says:

    sounds like a job for TSA, toilet security agency.

  27. Rusty says:

    Candidate for Hair Transplants for Men!

  28. Dutra says:

    Needs cash for more hair plugs.

  29. BoogerFree says:

    Guess I’ll just have to pee on the floor like I usually do.

  30. che says:

    Now this is real in-depth reporting Edward R Morrow would be proud to see a story like this, LOL please this shows the intelligence of of america and the media who feeds it, no wonder obama is president, be ashamed

  31. Joe, a union Plumber says:

    pay Big Sis to appoint a task force to plug “WATER-CLOSET-GATE

  32. The sad plumber says:

    I am a plumber of 24 years and agree this will cause the thieves to do this even more. Sad things going on out there with more and more doing things that are not right. I have seen many fire hydrants missing caps because they are brass.
    It is wrong to steal and everyone has a choice on what they do. So when a plumber gives you a price you have a right to decide to take it or shop around. Some say plumbers are thieves, I say some are stupid, they say I will pay anything to get this fixed. I myself am not one to take advantage of people. There are others out there that do.

  33. Astralis says:

    Not the Bowles Crossing Movie Theater!!

  34. Pobo says:

    obama’s America

    public employees retire with 200K a year at 50, and no jobs for anyone else


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