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Officers Investigate Illegal Dump Sites in Davenport

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Conservation officers are investigating several dump sites in Davenport. They say it happens a lot during the Spring and Fall when people may be cleaning up. But just dumping everything out is a crime, and it runs the gamut. Officers say it's common for them to find all kinds of things along our rivers and roads, and in our parks.

On South Concord in Davenport, they found furniture and mattresses, yard debris and even tires. They say even small items can make for big problems. Officer Jeff Harrison points to a paper yearbook signed by a group of kids. Along with it, he found toys, empty boxes and bank statements.

So he knows whose trash this is. It's just a question of how it got here. Did that person dump it without knowing that's illegal? Did someone else after the person moved out of his house? Or did the owner of all this stuff contract with someone to take it away, then the contractor pocketed the money paid without doing the job?

Harrison says none of those options are good. "This is a crime. It's illegal dumping. In the spring when the water comes up, it's gonna be washed away if somebody doesn't pick it up. So now, the City of Davenport gets tasked with cleaning up this mess, a special task forces cleans up. Meanwhile, someone will see this dump and then another pile will show up, and another pile, and it just continues to grow."

Officers are working to make sure that doesn't happen. There are surveillance cameras where you least expect them, and they follow the paper trails. In fact, Officer Harrison says he is looking for this woman. She and the people behind her in this picture are walking out of the Davenport Target with a cooler and some other items that were found at Crow Creek Lake, along with the receipt for all of it. She paid cash, so officers don't have her name. But Harrison say they will continue to search for her, and are asking for your help to not only find her, but to stop illegal dumping as well.

He says each big item could cost the person who dumped it nearly 200 dollars and 80 hours of community service. So if there are five big bags at one site, that could mean a nearly one-thousand dollar fine.