Someone Threw A Coffee Cup Out On Southtowns Lawn for Three Years
The mystery of who was tossing coffee cups on one Southtowns lawn has finally been solved after three years.
Just about every day for three years, a vehicle would slow down in front of Edward Patton's home on Versailles Road -- and toss a single McDonald's coffee cup out the window onto the lawn.
"Edward Patton invested in security cameras and high-powered binoculars, and even waited out in the cold, to try to catch the trash-tosser in the act. But he never clearly saw the license plate number and the Pattons remained mystified at who was treating their home as a personal garbage dump – and why."
Neighbors agreed to help the Patton's identify the litterbug, and set up a stakeout where they caught the person in the act, and also got the license plate information.
The Hamburg police were called, and a 76-year-old man was identified as the driver.
"The couple say they were shocked to learn his identity: The man cited for harassment was Cheryl Patton's former co-worker, Larry Pope, and, she told police, he had resented her for years.
"I'm flabbergasted," Edward Patton told The Buffalo News."
The cups began appearing over three years ago, usually always a McDonald's cup with a cigarette butt inside. The couple initially thought it was a harmless prank, until it kept happening.
They collected over 300 cups in a year's time.
"Officers charged Pope with harassment, a violation, and ticketed him for throwing refuse onto a roadway, a vehicle and traffic infraction."
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