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Man charged after throwing old toilet through East St. Louis board of education office

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According to data from the FBI, property and violent crimes continue to decrease in Illinois, though the violent crime's are still slightly higher than the national average.

A Florida man faces a felony charge after police say he threw a toilet through an East St. Louis school district’s board of education office.

Dave J. Toliver, 36, was charged with one count of criminal damage to property on Sunday, the East St. Louis Police Department said in a Facebook post.

Toliver is accused of throwing an old toilet through the front glass window of School District 189’s Board of Education building in the 1000 block of State Street, police said. When officers arrived on the scene, they were told the man who threw the toilet had fled.

Later, officers found Toliver sitting on another old toilet on the corner of 11th and Cleveland streets, the post said. He was arrested and placed in police custody, where he remained Wednesday night. His bail was $10,000.

It is unclear where the old toilets came from and East St. Louis police could not be reached for comment.

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Hana Muslic has been a public safety reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat since August 2018, covering everything from crime and courts to accidents, fires and natural disasters. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and her previous work can be found in The Lincoln Journal-Star and The Kansas City Star.
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