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Thief may be undone after he forgets to flush the toilet

POLICE are trying to flush out a non-flushing thief.

A burglar forced his way into an empty home in New Zealand town of  Otago in an attempted raid on its hot water cylinder, Senior Sergeant Liz Waru said.

After giving up on taking that, the burglar took extension cords, a clock and a bin before using the house's toilet without flushing, she said.

The burglary of the unoccupied flat was discovered by its owner at the weekend and reported to police.

"The owner has gone into check on the property and discovered these things missing."

Evidence was taken from the scene and police were awaiting forensic results to try to identify the culprit, Ms Waru said.

The burglary took place some time between September 11 and October 11.

An attempted burglary of a Manuka St, Ravensbourne, home was also reported to police.

The burglar was unable to gain access to that house during the attempt some time between October 7 and 11.

It was unclear if they were linked, Ms Waru said.


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