Weird West Des Moines: Man Facing Charges for Alleged Crime 'Spray'

Man fired after "going on" pretty coworkers’ chairs -- repeatedly -- faces second-degree criminal mischief charges.

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A Farm Bureau Financial Services employee was allegedly caught on video urinating on female coworkers’ chairs, and now are considering second-degree criminal mischief charges against him.

Police Officer Curtis Russell met with several Farm Bureau employees Monday, including Lauri Strottman, a corporate vice president, who said employees had been complaining about stains on their chairs since October. Farm Bureau had surveillance cameras installed in February to determine who was behind it.

At 11:30 a.m. Saturday, the suspect – a 59-year-old Des Moines man – was allegedly caught on tape as he urinated on several chairs, causing about $4,500 damage, Russell wrote in a report on file at the West Des Moines Police Department.

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Strottman said the now-fired employee worked in the information-technology department and had access to the employee database, including workers’ photos, and “would pick out attractive females,” according to Russell’s report.

Then, during off-hours, the suspect would come into work and urinate on their chairs, Strottman told police.

She said Farm Bureau terminated the man’s employment Monday, and he left the premises without incident. According to the report, the suspect admitted to Strottman that “I was doing inappropriate things I shouldn’t be doing.”

Strottman told police she would provide them with a list of the females whose chairs had been soiled. Police interviewed some of the man’s coworkers, and they said the suspect has never talked to them and did not make threatening remarks when he was leaving the Farm Bureau campus after being fired.

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Todd Richissin March 29, 2012 at 07:17 PM
I now officially feel better about my own bad habits. Yuk.
all im sayin is April 02, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Here we go with that word again...ALLEGED...did he do it or not? Why can't anything be said about the GUILTY? He's on tape after all, right?!?!?!
CUSACITIZEN April 02, 2012 at 02:48 PM
It is because we are such a sophisticated society! Even when we see it on video we have to wait until the powers to be declared him/her guilty. Stupid is as stupid does.
22nut April 02, 2012 at 03:08 PM
That story really pisses me off!
Dave April 02, 2012 at 03:27 PM
better to be pissed off than pissed on, right??
Jose Luis Herrera April 02, 2012 at 03:50 PM
i think he was marking his territory like a cat or dog......he singled out the women(attractive) and they're chairs.....maybe he drinks every night and watches animal planet.....just saying..
gdawg April 02, 2012 at 03:56 PM
At least he left the coffee pot alone......
rocky April 02, 2012 at 04:20 PM
$4500 in damages, do these chairs have gold inlay or somthing, or did he piss on atleast 100 chairs, and if 100 vhairs he's got a world record bladder
Minx McCloud April 02, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Rocky, Apparently you have not had to replace an expensive desk chair. The ergonomic chairs can cost hundreds of dollars. I just paid $200 for a relatively simple but well-made chair. That is, if they replaced them. Some of my former bosses would have probably just covered the stain with a pillow. If they bought chairs for $200 apiece, he would only have to pee on 22 chairs. My experience with frat guys in college leads me to believe that after attending a kegger, this would be entirely possible >wink<.
wilma flintstone April 02, 2012 at 04:32 PM
SICK, SICK, SICK! Makes me feel totally paranoid about people. What the hell perverse satisfaction did this sicko get by urinating on womens chairs?! and the fact that he had access to their addresses and phone #'s! WTF? just creepy. i have to go and take a shower now.
Minx McCloud April 02, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Please, gdawg! Don't give anyone any ideas! >grin<
Donnie McDow April 02, 2012 at 06:16 PM
what else did he do that wasn't caught on camera??????
Mary Ellis April 02, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Alleged until it's proven in a court of law , even though hes on video tape doing it. Once hes convicted , it's no longer alleged.
22nut April 02, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Was Mr Weirdo, tested for HIV?
Rachel in WDM January 05, 2013 at 08:18 PM
@22nut: After decades of education ignorance prevails.


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