One man's trashcan is apparently another man's treasure in San Angelo. Police are dealing with a rash of reported thefts of the 96-gallon trash-bins recently issued by Republic Services and it seems thieves are selling them on Craigslist.
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Replacing the bins is inconvenient and costly, about $65.00 per bin if a victim fails to file a police report. There are a few steps police suggest you take that can help deter these thefts and assist with the reporting process should you fall victim to this crime.
- Remove the emptied bin from the roadway or alley as soon as possible. Bins left unattended are the easiest to steal.
- Record the trash-bin's unique identification number for future reference. You will need this number in the event you file a police report. Take a photo of the number along with your house number, write it down and keep it in a safe place, or add it to your Citizen Property Inventory System at www.reportit.leadsonline.com (ReportIt is a free service to citizens that uses the same software as the San Angelo Police Department's Pawn Detail).
- Report trash-bin thefts through the San Angelo Police Department's Online Reporting System http://bit.ly/SAPDOnlineReporting. The online reporting service can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week from any internet-connected computer. Making an online report keeps patrol officers available to respond to emergency calls for service. If you do not have access to the internet, call the Non-Emergency number 325-657-4315.