ROANOKE COUNTY, VA (January 10, 2012) – Trash collection will resume on Wednesday, January 11 – one day after someone vandalized 15 of Roanoke County’s trash trucks. The windshields on the trucks were smashed with what appears to have been a baseball bat. Side mirrors on some of the trash trucks were also destroyed. The damage was discovered this morning (Tues, Jan 10).
Repairs have been underway by solid waste and garage employees throughout the day in order to get as many of the trucks as possible back on the road. Residents who normally have their trash collected on Tuesday will have their trash collected on Wednesday. All other routes will be delayed by one day. Residents are encouraged to contact the Solid Waste Division at 540-387-6225 if they have any questions.
This is the first time an incident like this has occurred in Roanoke County. The trucks are kept behind a secure gate at Roanoke County’s Public Service Center on Kessler Mill Road in Salem. The investigation has been turned over to Roanoke County Police Detective D. Walters. So far, no one has been charged and police are appealing to the community for help in identifying the person or persons responsible. If anyone has information regarding this incident, they are asked to call 540-562-3265.