- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - More than a dozen county-issued garbage cans have been reported stolen in the Springhill, Auburn, Eggville and Lake Piomingo areas.

Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/1IqWeJs ) that at least 15 of the wheeled dumpsters were taken, and most thefts occurred Nov. 25-27.

The Lee County Solid Waste Department says the cans cost $52.56 each. Johnson says the theft of nine would be a total of $508.68 and push the charge from a misdemeanor to a felony.

To replace a garbage bin, homeowners must file a police report and take a copy to the solid waste office. It could take up to a week to have a replacement bin delivered.

Anyone with information on the thefts is asked to contact the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, http://djournal.com

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