Newport Beach police can arrest trash scavengers under new law
The Newport Beach City Council voted to make it a serious offense to scavenge through trash.
Newport is taking a strict enforcement approach, police officials have said, because scavengers sometimes steal bikes and other personal property from residents' garages, and scavengers have been caught collecting information for identity theft. Before Tuesday's vote, police officers in Newport only had the ability to ticket the recyclers, so officials asked the city to pass a law that would give them the authority to arrest them.
"Newport Beach has been known as a target of opportunity and low risk," Newport Mayor Mike Henn said.
In neighboring Costa Mesa, the Sanitary District is taking a different tact, considering locking some of its residents' trash cans.
-- Mike Reicher, Times Community News
Photo: Trash day on one city street. Credit: Los Angeles Times