UPDATE: 3:30 a.m., 1/11/12
Trash collection will resume today in Roanoke County. Garbage normally picked up on Tuesday will be collected today. All other routes are delayed by one day. Officials say vandals hit all their garbage trucks Monday night, smashing windshields on 15 side-loader and rear-loader garbage trucks. The vandals also damaged side mirrors. Crews worked Tuesday to repair as many trucks as possible. So far there have been no arrests and police are asking for the public’s help finding the person or persons involved.
January 10, 2012
Vandals damaged 15 Roanoke County trash trucks overnight, and as a result, there will be no county trash collection today. County officials say the trucks were behind a secure gate, but someone got in and used something like baseball bats to break all the windshields. No word yet on sure how long the repairs will take; county officials say they will provide more information on this week’s trash collection schedule as it becomes available.
Here is the full Roanoke County news release:
ROANOKE COUNTY, VA (January 10, 2012) – There will be no trash collection today (Tues. Jan 10) in Roanoke County due to vandalism. Police are investigating after someone smashed the windshields on the County’s trash trucks. The damage was discovered this morning.
The trucks are kept behind a secure gate at Roanoke County’s Public Service Center on Kessler Mill Road in Salem. The windshields were damaged as well as some truck mirrors. County officials, at this time, are uncertain how long the repairs will take. There were 15 trucks involved, and 18 windshields (there are two windshields per vehicle).
Roanoke County will provide more information on the trash collection schedule as it becomes available. For questions, please contact Anne Marie Green, Director of Roanoke County’s General Services Department, at 387-6200.