Monday, June 11, 2007

YOUR 15 MINUTES: Ms. Butts the Toilet Paper Caper

"They said they seem to go through a lot of toilet paper at the courthouse," said Police Chief Lon Walker. Police said one of the employees caught Suzanne Marie Butts, of Marshalltown, Iowa, taking the two-ply from the women's bathroom and called police. The courthouse parking lot attendant said he knew about toilet paper going missing. "I've heard they call it the toilet paper caper," said parking lot attendant Gene Seim. Police said they caught up with Butts outside the courthouse Friday, and she was hiding the toilet paper in her shirt. Butts told NewsChannel 8 that it was the first time she had stolen toilet paper and that her attorney said not talk. The courthouse workers told police they suspected something was up. "She's facing three years incarceration for three rolls of toilet paper," Walker said. "Normally, that would be a simple misdemeanor," Walker said. Police said that on Friday, Butts was arrested on charges of stealing $30 from a family member.That makes four theft charges against her. A judge will decide what punishment fits this crime. [source]

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