Footballer arrested for stealing toilet seat

January 19, 2007

Portsmouth full-back Glen Johnson has been given an on-the-spot fine for stealing bathroom fittings.

England defender Johnson, on loan at Pompey from Chelsea, and Millwall striker Ben May were caught at B&Q in Dartford, Kent, on Wednesday.

The pair were spotted by a security guard putting a toilet seat into a box with a cheaper price tag before they reached the checkout, The Sun reported.

They also avoided paying for a set of taps by concealing them underneath a sink at the checkout, the newspaper said.

A worker at the store told The Sun: 'We all recognised Johnson. No-one could quite believe a bloke like him, with all that money, would be moronic enough to nick a toilet seat. But that's what him and May were doing.

'They were spotted by one of our security guards, a chap of 74, and cops arrived as they were trying to leave.

'They seemed to find the whole thing funny and couldn't stop smirking even after they had been arrested.'

A Kent Police spokesman said: 'Kent Police arrested two 22-year-old men on Wednesday on suspicion of theft in Dartford.

'Both men have been issued with £80 fixed penalty notices.'

Gary Double, Portsmouth's director of communications, said: 'We won't be making a statement.'

A Millwall spokeswoman also refused to comment.

Johnson's team-mate Lomana LuaLua was arrested today on suspicion of assault causing actual bodily harm.