Church members speak out against illegal dumpers - WNEM TV 5

Church members speak out against illegal dumpers

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

A local church battling vandals and illegal dumpers is taking a stand after dealing with the problem for nearly three years.

"It's beyond me," said Brenda Richmond, whose husband is the pastor at Agape Church on Flint's east side.

Richmond said someone dropped off piles of trash in front of Agape Church in Flint on Christmas, in broad daylight. Much of the trash was cardboard boxes, scrap siding and tree branches.

"Yes, someone delivered us something for Christmas," she said.

Richmond and her husband, Pastor Tony Richmond have recently installed security cameras along the side of the church.

"Unfortunately they [cameras] were not booted up on Christmas when they came," Richmond explained.

The video cameras had been off since Sunday when an ice storm knocked out power to tens of thousands of people across Genesee County.

TV5's Gino Vicci surveyed the trash and found the letter head of a contractor. On it was a company name, date and telephone number.

Most of the cardboard boxes dumped on the church front lawn had the same company name as the letter head. A voicemail was left at the number listed on the note.

"We're hoping someone will step up to the plate and be responsible," said Richmond.

Church members believe the illegal dumpers will be back, but they say this time they will be ready.

"We want this to stop... this type of behavior to stop," Richmond added.

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