Serial Toilet Clogger Sentenced to 150 Days

Patrick Beeman, 26, said he got 'very strong urges'
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2019 8:48 AM CDT
Serial Toilet Clogger Sentenced to 150 Days
No clogs here.   (Getty Images)

The "curious commode caper" of Sheboygan, Wis., has been solved. In March 2018, police there announced that over an 18-month period, someone had occasionally been clogging the women's toilet at the Deland Community Center with a 20-ounce soda bottle. On Monday, Patrick Beeman was sentenced to 150 days in jail for the crime; he'll also be on probation for three years and must pay more than $5,500 in restitution. The 26-year-old was tracked down by way of the temp agency he worked for and charged with multiple counts of criminal damage to property, a misdemeanor. Fox6 reports he pleaded guilty in early June.

A manager at the temp agency told police Beeman had messed with the toilets at one placement in the summer of 2017 then was moved to another company where similar bathroom issues arose. A criminal complaint quotes Beeman as saying he got "very strong urges" to pull bottles from the garbage and use them to plug toilets, but that he stopped the behavior when he heard police were looking for the clogger. "I need to make things right and pray forgiveness every day," Beeman said in court Monday. The Sheboygan Press reports he'll be participating in a program that allows him to go to work during the day and then spend the rest of the time in jail. (Read more weird crimes stories.)

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