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St. Louis officials cracking down on illegal trash dumping

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(KMOV)— Illegal dumping has been a major problem in St. Louis City for quite some time and officials have installed cameras to catch the illegal dumpers. The hidden cameras have been up since February.
 
City officials have shared their first pictures exclusively with KMOV News 4.
 
People looking to save money, criminals and even a government employee were among those caught dumping trash in alleyways and on private property. It's costing the city $4-million a year to clean up people’s trash. The camera's cost the city $500 thousand dollars.
 
A postal employee caught dumping unwanted furniture in an alley during his shift lost his job and went to jail.
Officials say the goal is to have 200 cameras throughout the city by July 1st at a cost of $500,000. 40 camera's are up right now throughout the city.
The worst case is where three men piled up over 3,000 tires in one north St. Louis neighborhood. Officials say all 3 men were arrested and one of them was wanted for molesting a child under 14.  Another man arrested was wanted for trafficking drugs.

if you're caught dumping trash illegally , you could face up to 3 days in jail, a $500 fine and 40 hours community service.

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