Pennsylvania Plumber Pleads To Pipe Stealing

A Pennsylvania plumber faces jail time after using his skills to steal pipes from restaurant bathrooms and sell the purloined metal for scrap.

Daniel Rushton pleaded guilty Wednesday to taking chrome-plated and brass pipes from toilets and urinals at restaurants in suburban communities northwest of Philadelphia.

The 30-year-old Clifton Heights man said he sold the pipes as scrap metal to support a drug habit.

One investigator had said it took the plumber about four minutes to shut off the water and remove the pipes. Some of his exploits were caught on video surveillance cameras.

Prosecutor Tony Gil calls it one of the stranger crimes he's seen. Rushton faces similar charges in Delaware County and Philadelphia.


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  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Feb 23, 2009 at 07:19 AM
    This guy may be someone who would have cut some corners as well.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 22, 2009 at 02:32 PM
    Duh..Hello I Quote;"The 30-year-old Clifton Heights man said he sold the pipes as scrap metal to support a drug habit....If it grew for free, drug dealers would not be in your neighborhood...If he smoked it in his own house, let it be. If he was gay and smoked it in his house, let it be..Some people are so blind to the problems at hand, you are one of the reasons that crime is committed. Home grown pot will eliminate crime...Duh..
  • by To Anonymous on Feb 22, 2009 at 01:36 PM
    You are proof positive why drugs are not legal. Who said anything about pot in the news story? The notion that legal drugs would somehow all of the sudden make him be able to afford his habit is ignorant. If you want drug dealers and users in your neighborhood, knock yourself out.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Feb 22, 2009 at 10:40 AM
    I wonder if any of his victims called him to repair their plumbing problems? :) My other question is...video? In a bathroom? What?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 22, 2009 at 10:12 AM
    If he was allowed to grow his own pot, this crime and expense to taxpayers may have never happened. Pot is a natural plant that God grows.
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