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Property managers frustrated with illegal dumping

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It's a crime not many of us think about -- illegal dumping at apartment complexes or businesses.

But, it's a Class 2 misdemeanor if caught. Possible punishments include up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Rodney Fitts of Rod's Property Management says he spends thousands of dollars each year on hauling away trash left in bins that don't belong to his tenants. He's sick of it.  He says it's been going on for years and it's not getting any better.

"We have asked the city for help and they won't help us on this issue and that is illegal dumping," said Fitts.

Fitts says when he calls the police, they refuse to follow up.
"We've had tenants that will actually take down license plate numbers and report it and we report that to the police and they won't even follow up on it because it's not worth their time," said Fitts.

But it's not as easy as it sounds to catch these illegal dumpers -- even with a license plate number.

"A license plate number helps but if somebody misses one letter or one number or switches them around, then we don't have really much to go on because you don't know which letter or numbers were switched," said Officer Sam Clemens with the Sioux Falls Police Department.

Fitts is frustrated with spending money, time and resources on hauling trash to the landfill.

"Trash bins and they get filled up more often and it's not with our tenants' garbage. It's with other peoples' garbage," said Fitts.

"If you can get a picture of that person or if there's some surveillance cameras that are available that have a picture of that person and a vehicle, there's a better chance that we'd be able to tie that," said Officer Clemens.

If you live in Sioux Falls, there is a free landfill pass that you can use once now, now through August 30. You can drop off a tarp-covered load to the landfill at no charge.

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