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Newport Beach trash now legally off limits

KABC-TV covers Los Angeles and Southern California.

January 27, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Rummaging through people's trash in Newport Beach could now land you in jail.

The city council voted to get tough on recyclers and other scavengers because some have been stealing property that wasn't actually garbage.

Others have been caught gathering information from people's trash and then using it to steal their identity.

Until now, police in Newport Beach only had the power to ticket trash scavengers. Now offenders can be arrested.