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POSTED February 7, 2013 9:23 p.m.

POLICE: BANDITS STEALING TOILET PIPES IN NM : ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police say bandits are hitting up Albuquerque public restrooms and running off with metal pipes that automatically flush toilets.

KOB-TV reports that Albuquerque police commander Will Roseman says authorities have seen a rash of thefts involving Flush-O-Matics. He says the toilet pipe bandits are going into restrooms and taking the metal out.

Police believe the thieves hit up businesses by posing as plumbers. According to authorities, the pipes sell for around $30 on the black market but cost businesses about $400 to replace.

A police report says at least one Albuquerque-area recycling plant has been buying the stolen pipes.

POLICE: NY MOM USED KISS TO GIVE JAILED SON DRUGS: PENN YAN, N.Y. (AP) — Police say an upstate New York woman passed drugs to her son while kissing him when she visited him in jail.

Sheriff's deputies in Yates County tell local media outlets 54-year-old Penn Yan resident Kimberly Margeson was visiting her son last week when she hid oxycodone pills and passed them from her mouth to his while giving him a kiss.

Police haven't said how the drugs were discovered.

Margeson pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of criminal sale of a controlled substance and promoting prison contraband. She's free after posting bail.

Authorities say her 30-year-old son also was charged with promoting prison contraband. He remains in jail on an unrelated felony weapon possession charge, and a lawyer for him couldn't be contacted.

COPS: POCKET DIAL, LOW BATTERY LED TO OHIO BURGLAR: SIDNEY, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in Ohio say a pocket-dialing prowler got himself arrested after his cellphone turned informant. Twice.

Investigators say an emergency operator traced an accidental 911 call on Tuesday night to a home in Sidney, about 60 miles northwest of Columbus.

Shelby County sheriff's deputies dispatched to check on the house found a window forced open. They arrested Douglas Wolaver, of Piqua, inside.

The sheriff's office says Wolaver was found in a bathroom after his phone's low-battery alert led deputies to his hiding place.

 

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