It was just a routine patrol until a King County sheriff's deputy lifted a tarp in Washington and found a soapbox derby racer built to look like a giant toilet.

A giant, stolen toilet — measuring about 7 feet high and 7 feet long.

The massive commode — white with a blue velour seat and tank cover and a red flush handle — was found Wednesday in a rural area of southeast King County.

The toilet facsimile was built by five friends in Colorado Springs, Colo., and was brought to Seattle late last month for a race, Sheriff's Sgt. John Urquhart said. It was stolen out of the back of a truck, which was also stolen.

The truck has not been found, Urquhart said.