AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) - City investigators in the Texas capital say it is one of the most unusual illegal dumping cases they have ever seen. People in Southwest Austin have been plagued with bags of human waste -- possibly for years.
Many mornings in the Westcreek neighborhood, you can see Chuck Wolff staking out the streets, hoping to catch the mystery person leaving behind these bags.
"The crapper,” Wolff said. “We always say in the neighborhood that the crapper attacked again. Or I get a message that the crapper has been back."
Two years ago, Wolff started hauling off this health hazard, what he sees as a problem for Patton Elementary students just over the fence.
"After two or three times, I took a peek, and I realized what we had,” he said. “This was just a huge bag of human waste, and somebody's sick."
The city's code compliance department confirms it is human feces. Investigators have been in the neighborhood and said they could be just days away from revealing the violator.
"They have really spent a lot of time out here in the last three weeks,” Wolfson.
And not a moment to spare, because school starts in just ten days.
"Anywhere around the schools is going to be a problem,” said John Dolan, one of Wolff’s neighbors. “We don't want the kids running into this stuff, and we don't want them breaking into the bags."
Down the street, MaryAnn Hopkins added: "Hopefully, this person will stop doing it. You know, eventually everything has to come out - especially that."
Wolff said the problem is only getting worse - about 30 bags this year, so far.
"It's the crapper," he said. “It just has to stop."
Once investigators find the violator, it could mean more than a slap on the wrist. Illegal dumping is classified as a Class C misdemeanor and a fine up to $2,000 per offense per day. Depending on the severity of the offense, the charge could go up.
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