Tip leads to illegal dump site

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The Washoe County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) credits a concerned citizen for identifying an illegal dump site.

An illegal dump site off Estates Road in Golden Valley. Photo courtesy: Washoe County Sheriffs Office

The citizen contacted the sheriff's office dispatch on Wednesday, October 9th to report an illegal dump site on the dirt extension of Estates Road in Golden Valley.

Deputies found more than dozen garbage bags, a TV, high chair and other waste that included identification information.

Deputies contacted the person identified through the trash. The Sheriff's Office says the person admitted it was their garbage, and said they had paid two men to legally dispose of the waste.

Authorities say the person took responsibility and drove out to the site to remove the garbage for proper disposal.

"You need to be really cautious about who you are working with, said Bob Harmon, WCSO Public Information Officer. "Take the time to learn the legal alternatives because it's really not that difficult and it's much less costly to dump stuff legally than to become an illegal dumper particularly, if you get caught."

Anyone who comes across illegal dumping in progress is reminded to put safety first by not engaging with the dumpers. Contact Sheriff’s Office dispatch at (775) 785-WCSO with information, such as the location, suspect description, vehicle description, license plate number, and a description of the material being dumped.

If you find a new dump site, call the Sheriff's Office or download the Washoe County Sheriff's Office app to file an illegal dumping claim.

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