DUBOIS COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) – Indiana Conservation Officers’ investigation into a series of illegal trash dumps has resulted in a Huntingburg man’s arrest.
Andrew Masterson, of Huntingburg, is charged with two counts of criminal mischief, two counts of trespassing, two counts of operating a motor vehicle while suspended with a prior conviction, two counts of littering, and hindering a conservation officer.
In early May, Conservation Officers found 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 to find a suspect.
A series of interview with landowners revealed Masterson was removing trash from a property in exchange for scrap metal. The property owner believed the trash was going to a landfill, but according to Conservation Officers at least 40 bags of trash were dumped illegally on private property in multiple locations.
Conservation Officers say Masterson was driving with a suspended license and the vehicle had fake plates.
On July 20th, Jasper Police arrested Masterson. He’s being held in the Dubois County Jail.
(This story was originally published on July 23, 2019)