According to the Crown Prosecution Service, four individuals have been accused of stealing a solid gold toilet that was worth approximately $1.25 million at the time of the incident.
The toilet’s estimated value, currently missing, is approximately $5.93 million or 4.8 million pounds, as per officials.
In 2019, thieves took the toilet from Blenheim Palace, which is the birthplace of Winston Churchill. The toilet had been installed just a few days before the incident. Prior to this, the toilet had been displayed at the Guggenheim museum in New York City as part of an exhibit called “America” by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan. When asked about the theft, Cattelan expressed his hope that it was a form of Robin Hood-inspired action, according to a statement released by Blenheim Palace.
According to the police report, the gold toilet was in perfect working condition and had been connected to the plumbing system of Blenheim Palace prior to its theft. However, the removal of the toilet caused extensive damage and flooding within the building.
Police have charged James Sheen, who is 39 years old, with burglary, transferring criminal property, and conspiracy to commit these crimes.
Three men are set to appear before Oxford Magistrates’ Court on November 28th for separate criminal charges. Michael Jones, 38, has been charged with burglary, while Fred Doe, 35, and Bora Guccuk, 39, are both accused of conspiring to transfer criminal property.