Bus station's toilets destroyed; man says he just sat down


An Illinois man is behind bars in Berks County, accused by police of going on a destructive rampage inside the Inter-City Bus Terminal in Reading.

Police were dispatched shortly after 4:30 p.m. Sunday to the terminal at North Third and Court streets for the report of a man who broke both toilets in the men's restroom.

RPD officers arrived to find the suspect, identified as Sydney Mulder, standing outside and waiting to depart on the 5 p.m. bus.

A bus station employee told police he earlier sold a ticket to Mulder, who then entered the restroom, according to court documents. A short time later, the worker said he heard what sounded like a bottle breaking inside the restroom.

Mulder then emerged and sat down in the lobby before returning to the restroom, police said. A few minutes later, the employee, who continued to service other customers at the counter, heard two loud bangs coming from the restroom, according to the court paperwork.

The employee went to investigate, found the shattered toilets, and then confronted Mulder in the lobby, police said.

Mulder told the worker he sat on one toilet and it broke. He then sat on the other, and that broke, as well, according to court documents.

Mulder gave the same story to the investigating officer after first saying that the toilets were already broken when he went into the restroom, police said.

Mulder, appearing to be under the influence, then admitted to shattering the toilets but claimed that it's not his fault that "the toilets were a hundred years old," police said.

Mulder was then taken into custody and searched. He was found to have a two-foot-long silver metal chain around his neck and a 10-inch solid steel bar with a jagged edge in the front side area of his pants, police said.

Mulder, 44, was charged with possessing an instrument of a crime, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, and public drunkenness. He was committed to the Berks County Jail on $10,000 bail.