Two Arrested For Attempting To Steal 51 D.C. Recycling Bins | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Two Arrested For Attempting To Steal 51 D.C. Recycling Bins

D.C. is in the process of replacing residential garbage cans and recycling bins, but if you see any with a "Take Me" sticker, don't take the instruction literally.
WAMU/Martin Austermuhle
D.C. is in the process of replacing residential garbage cans and recycling bins, but if you see any with a "Take Me" sticker, don't take the instruction literally.

If you happen to see a garbage can or recycling bin in D.C. with a "Take Me!" sticker on it, don't take the instruction literally — it could get you in trouble with the law.

Two people were arrested in Georgetown on April 21 after they were spotted putting D.C. recycling bins into a jeep. The duo, a man and a woman, managed to load 51 of the bins into their car before police arrested them and charged them with second-degree theft.

Unless you work for DPW, this message is not meant for you. (Photo by Laura Hansen Marks)

"[Police] observed D-1 walk stealthily down the sidewalk with a hood over his head to conceal his face collecting DPW recycling bins. D-2 drove up in a white jeep. D-1 then put the recycling bins into D-2's vehicle," states the arrest report.

Their initial defense focused on those "Take Me!" stickers: "D-1 stated that the 'Recycle Bins had a sticker that said take me.'"

The stickers are meant for the D.C. Department of Public Works, though, which is in the process of replacing garbage cans and recycling bins for all residents whose refuse is handled by the city. The department is slowly picking up old cans, and distributed "Take Me!" stickers for residents to place on the cans and bins they want removed.

According to DPW spokeswoman Linda Grant, every resident that has their trash and recycling picked up twice a week has received new bins, some 210,000 across the city.

A D.C. police official says that the two suspects, aged 27 and 30, were arrested but not charged. The report does not cite a motivation for the attempted theft.

NPR

A Woman Uses Art To Come To Terms With Her Father's Death

Artist Jennifer Rodgers' father was hospitalized for seven months with sepsis before he died. She used the creative process to try to comprehend his suffering and her loss.
NPR

'Into The Wild' Author Tries Science To Solve Toxic Seed Mystery

Jon Krakauer has long been haunted by how Christopher McCandless died in the Alaskan wilderness. In a scientific journal, he and a chemist show that the seeds McCandless consumed can contain a toxin.
NPR

Beyond Quid Pro Quo: What Counts As Political Corruption?

Under narrow definitions of corruption, candidates courting billionaires to fuel their White House bids doesn't qualify. But some activists, on the left and the right, argue that it should.
NPR

The Promise And Potential Pitfalls Of Apple's ResearchKit

Apple's new mobile software platform is designed to help collect data for medical research, but concerns have been raised about privacy and informed consent.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.