Man accused of illegally dumping trash

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JASPER — A Huntingburg man arrested Saturday for making a false identification statement to police and for felony theft now faces charges for the illegal dumping of trash.

In early May, Indiana Department of Natural Resources conservation officers located four separate illegal trash dumps near the Dubois and Pike county line. Names and addresses were located in the trash, leading officers across three counties in an attempt to locate a suspect.

A series of interviews with landowners and possible suspects revealed that Andrew T. Masterson, 27, 5224 W. 500S, Huntingburg, had been removing trash from a property in exchange for scrap metal. The property owner believed the trash was going to a landfill; however, it was found that at least 40 bags of trash had been dumped illegally on private property in multiple locations.

The investigation also found that Masterson was operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, the vehicle used had false and fictitious license plates, and he was trespassing on the property where the trash was dumped.

Charges were submitted to the Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office, and a warrant was issued July 17 for Masterson’s arrest.

On July 20, the Jasper Police Department arrested Masterson on multiple active warrants that include felony theft. Now, in connection with the illegal dumping case, he also faces two misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief, two misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass, two misdemeanor counts of driving while suspended (prior), a misdemeanor count of hindering a conservation officer and infraction tickets for littering.

During an initial appearance Monday, the court granted Masterson’s request for pauper counsel and set his next court appearance for Aug. 5.

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