Not So Candid: Camera Again Captures Illegal Dumping

Two people are facing illegal dumping charges after items were tossed to the side of Pratt Avenue on May 31 in Jamestown. Photo by Jamestown police

A camera set up following a rash of illegal dumping incidents appears to be one of the Jamestown Police Department’s most handy crime-fighting tool.

For the second time in about a month, police were quickly able to identify those responsible for throwing two tires and a rug to the side of the road. The latest incident, the department said, occurred around 7:20 p.m. May 31 on Pratt Avenue, an area known for illegal dumping.

A photograph taken from a camera installed along Pratt was distributed to the public Wednesday and, within minutes, police were given the location of the vehicle reportedly involved in the May 31 dumping.

In a news release, JPD announced charges to Jomar Camacho Monge, 24, and Omar Camacho, 44, for illegal dumping. An officer with New York State Environmental Conservation assisted, resulting in an additional charge for each on illegal disposal of solid waste.

The environmental conservation charge carries a minimum fine of $1,500.

In May, the department announced charges to three area residents after the same camera captured a GMC pickup truck driving along Pratt before a mattress and TV were tossed to the side of the road. Similar charges were filed.


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