Third suspect arrested in McDonald's toilet valve thefts


by Jenny Suniga / KENS 5

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Posted on February 15, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 15 at 9:42 AM

SAN ANTONIO -- A third person has been arrested in connection to stolen toilet valves at San Antonio-area McDonald's restaurants.

Patrick Ring, 45, was arrested Thursday on theft charges.

According to a San Antonio police arrest warrant, Ring, his wife and another suspect went to several McDonald's restaurants and stole the toilet flush valves.

They would then sell the metal from the valve to make some quick cash, police said.

Ring is the third person to be arrested in connection to the flush valve thefts. Two of the suspects were arrested shortly after surveillance images aired on KENS 5 earlier this month.

Ring was booked into the Bexar County Jail on $10,000 bond.

The group of thieves is also thought to be responsible for similar crimes at Bill Miller Bar-B-Q and Jack in the Box locations in San Antonio.

An intact toilet valve has a street value of around $25.

If the valve is scrapped for its copper or brass, it will usually fetch less than $10.