Pa. plumber cops plea in pilfered pipes case

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - 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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