4 men charged with stealing golden toilet from Winston Churchill’s birthplace

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Photo: Tom Lindboe, via Blenheim Art Foundation/The New York Times

A golden toilet was usurped from the birthplace of Winston Churchill, the Crown Prosecution Service announced in a press release, as reported by People.

The CPS says in its statement that the item was stolen from Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, in 2019 and was an 18-carat toilet worth nearly $6 million. Reports acquired by People say that the toilet was sculpted by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, who named it ‘America’ back in 2016.

According to Artnet, as reported by People, the toilet has been deemed as fully functional and had been installed in the bathroom formerly used by Churchill as a loan from the Guggenheim Museum.

The Associated Press reports in a statement acquired by People that after four years, the toilet has been spotted.  Four men, James Sheen, 39, Michael Jones, 38, Fred Doe, 35, and Bora Guccuk, 39, have been charged and taken into custody in relation to the grand theft, per CPS reports obtained by People.

Sheen is charged with burglary, conspiracy to transfer criminal property, and transferring criminal property. Jones is charged with burglary, while Doe and Guccuk are charged with conspiracy to transfer criminal property. The information on these charges was acquired by People from the statements provided by CPS.  A court appearance by the four accused is set for the 28th of November.

Stay tuned to Web News Observer to get more updates on this case after the court appearance.