A serial toilet clogger is caught and the out of order signs can be taken down.
In March 2018, police in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, 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. They planned to discover the clogger and bring him to justice.
Beeman was location through the temp agency he worked for and charged with multiple counts of misdemeanor criminal damage to property. He pleaded guilty in early June, and this month, the 26-year-old, sentenced to 150 days in jail for the crime. He’ll be placed on probation for three years and was fined $5,500 in restitution.
The manager at the agency at which Beeman was placed indicated over the course of the investigation that Beeman was actually a serial clogger who had messed with the toilets at one placement in the summer of 2017. He was moved to another employer where he repeated the same odd behavior.
A criminal complaint quotes Beeman as saying he just 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. The suspect was able to enter a court affiliated program in which he will be able to work during the day and spend the rest of the time in jail. This meant he would be able to keep his position with the temp agency as long as he stopped destroying public property.
Sheboygan Police Department in Wisconsin posted on their Facebook page: “This is very strange…and gross, but that is the reality of life.” The post continued: “Over the past year and a half, someone has been clogging the women’s toilet at the Deland Community Center with a 20 ounce soda bottle…the perp isn’t flushing the bottles, but rather cramming them into the toilet pipe – about 12 times in 2016, 14 times last year, and at least three times already in 2018.”
Beeman’s actions led to expensive remediation efforts, too, including city officials in some cases having to take out the toilet to remove the bottles, costing $3,000. New toilets were purchased and installed using additional funds.
A local mom, Chrystal Storck, remembers the constantly out-of-order bathroom being inconvenient for family’s like hers with young children who have to use that bathroom when they’re near the community center along Lake Michigan. She likes to take her young son, Grayson, to the nearby park. “It’s really nice to come out here. We love it. He’s too young to go in the bathroom by himself, so I take him in the women’s restroom with me,” Storck said. “I don’t even know where the other nearest bathroom is, so it’s a real pain when we can’t use this. It’s very inconsiderate. Everybody wants and expects clean bathrooms to use at our public parks. As taxpayers, we pay for that. Not to mention, it’s really creepy as a parent, to know that a man is going into a women’s bathroom to do damage.”