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Trash trap In Montgomery County under investigation

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SILVER SPRING, Md. -

The Montgomery County Division of Solid Waste is investigating a sting allegedly set up by a Code Enforcement officer, trying to catch people taking recyclables from in front of other people's houses.

Colby Prevost got snared Tuesday, when he tried to take two small bikes left in front of house on Dennis Avenue in Silver Spring.

He thought they were there for the taking.

"A woman from the county asked for my drivers license and said what I was doing is illegal," Prevost says.

And then the Code Enforcement Officer slapped him with a $100 citation.What disturbed Prevost most, is he says the worker got back in her truck and parked at the school across the street to wait for more people to try and pick up the bikes, or maybe a grill, that was also left there.

Prevost says the owners of the house, said they didn't own any of the items, and never called the County to have it picked up.

"Someone from the county, came here around noon, and told my dad they were putting the stuff out there, to catch people trying to take some of it," Resident Fahmida Uddin says.

Her dad says several people came to the house asking if the bikes and grill belonged to them.

"I think it's wrong how they did that," Helal Uddin says.

So does the Chief of Collections, Robin Ennis, who has launched an internal investigation.

"That is not our policy.The person who did this will be dealt with. We don't entrap people," Ennis says.

Ennis says Montgomery County is one of two localities in Maryland with a law prohibiting scavenging through other people's trash and recyclables and the fine is $100. It's also illegal in Baltimore City.

Prevost says the Code Enforcement Officer who wrote him a ticket told her she's gotten 120 citations doing it that way. Those tickets are now under review.


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