Hartford Cracking Down on Illegal Dumping

Two men were cited for illegal dumping in two separate incidents in the Capital City

Hartford police have arrested two men accusing of illegally dumping trash on two separate occasions in the city.

Surveillance video released by police Thursday shows 15 mattresses and two couches tossed on a sidewalk on Broad Street. Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin spotted the mattresses Tuesday night and notified police.

Investigators determined that the superintendent of a nearby building paid two men $50 to move these things, police said.

The super, identified as 43-year-old Raymond Santos, was cited for illegal dumping. The mayor hopes those responsible will cover the $1,500 for the cleanup cost.

“I want everyone to understand that we will follow-up. We don’t just clean it up. We will go after the people who are dumping this waste illegally on our city,” Mayor Luke Bronin said.

In a separate illegal dumping investigation, back in August when someone reported trash bags, tree branches and other garbage dumped at 190 Bartholomew Ave. Investigators tracked down the vehicle involved and were able to identify a suspect.

On Thursday, 58-year-old Jose Rodriguez was cited with illegal dumping.

Bronin stressed that keeping the city looking nice takes everyone pitching in and helping out. He suggests people download the 311 app so they can easily report issues and even upload a picture of the problem.

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