FARMINGTON – After pulling over a driver for a traffic violation Saturday, Concord police determined a warrant for the man had been issued for allegedly leaving a mattress on conservation land.
Alan D. Tibbetts, who previously lived in New Durham, was charged with littering — for improperly disposing of a mattress in the Town Forest along Bay Road.
“According to the Concord officer, after learning about the charges against him, Tibbetts immediately admitted to dumping the mattress,” according to a release.
Tibbetts, who was released following his arrest, is scheduled to be arraigned June 17 at 8 a.m. in 7th Circuit Court - Rochester Division.
Littering is a Class B misdemeanor, which could result in up to a $1,200 fine, if convicted. Additionally, a judge could order Tibbets to help clean up areas where the trash was found, according to the release.
Members of the Conservation Commission continue to monitoring a number of areas in town where illegal dumping is prevalent, including the French and Dubois Easements along River Road and the Town Forest on Bay Road.
The properties are open to the public and allow area residents to see wildlife, hike, fish, hunt and ski.
As a result of the efforts of police and members of the Conservation Commission, several people have been convicted of littering and dumping household trash, mattresses and tires since spring of 2013.
“Several of the people who were caught to date reported that they were trying to save money by avoiding the dump fee. In each case it ended up costing them a lot more in fines and restitution,” according to police.