A Summerville man was arrested after dumpster diving in the early morning hours Wednesday, according to police reports.
A witness spotted 46-year-old Terry Lynn Byrge, of Fourth Street, in Summerville, going through dumpsters at the garbage transfer station on Stockade Road. The witness noticed Byrge in the dumpsters around 2:45 a.m.
“[I] received a call from E-911. [I] witnessed subject removing items from inside the dumpster. [I] found Mr. Byrge inside dumpster hidden from officer,” Summerville Policeman Lebron Jackson stated.
Surveillance cameras now watch over Chattooga County’s main garbage station on Stockade Road. They were installed in Sept. 2018. Officials hoped it would deter scavengers.
It’s a misdemeanor to climb into or grab items out of a dumpster, Sheriff Mark Schrader told The News last year. It’s considered as a form of criminal trespassing.
Monday mornings seem to be the worse, according to County Public Works Director Joe Reed. People will crawl into the dumpsters, slice open garbage bags and then look through them. Not only can people contract a number of diseases, but they also created a big cleanup job for county workers.
The video feed will be recorded and monitored, officials said. The sheriff wants to monitor the dumpsite’s three camera angles from the county jail.
Byrge was arrested for loitering and prowling, according to police reports.