BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Bridgeport Police are continuing to crack down on illegal dumping in the city, seizing a truck used in a recent garbage-dumping incident and seeking help in identifying a suspect caught on camera piling up debris.
“This is our city and we all have an obligation to keep it clean,” said Bridgeport Police Chief AJ Perez. “We have zero tolerance for anyone who thinks they can trash our city. If we catch people illegally dumping material, we can seize vehicles under state law and we will."
After receiving a tip from a city resident, Bridgeport police on Nov. 22 seized a private pickup truck that had been used to illegally dump construction debris on Beardsley Street.
State regulations permit law enforcement agencies to seize assets and property used to commit crimes, including illegal dumping. The truck was registered to Sam Coley of Bridgeport, who was issued a fine for the infraction.
Those caught unlawfully disposing of garbage and other material are subject to a $200 fine pursuant to city ordinance and can be charged with a misdemeanor.
Bridgeport Police are also asking the public for assistance identifying the individual in the video above who was caught on security cameras leaving debris out on the corner of Alice and Sedgewick streets Nov. 29.
"Bridgeport has a very well-run transfer station that is easy to find and processes waste very conveniently. That is where debris should be dumped," Perez said. "Anybody who thinks they can dump on the cheap by just discarding materials on the side of the road in Bridgeport should know: illegal dumping will cost you.”
Bridgeport police are also reminding the public that they are offering a $200 reward for anyone who contributes evidence that leads to an arrest for illegal dumping.
To report such evidence, call: 203-576-8023 or 203-576-7976. Evidence can come in many forms, including a picture taken on a mobile phone and sent via text message.
The Bridgeport Police Tip Line can also be reached at 203-576-TIPS (8477).
Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.