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VIDEO: Men caught on surveillance camera dumping lots of junk out of U-Haul truck behind church

Posted at 6:33 PM, Jul 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-15 18:33:21-04

DETROIT (WXYZ)  — "I was disappointed and hurt," said Pastor Eddie Brown about the moment he saw that someone dumped a truck full of junk behind their church on Detroit's west side. "The harder we work, it seems like the worse it's been getting."

And what the two illegal dumpers apparently failed to see is that there was a low-profile surveillance camera, camouflaged by different colored paints, aimed right at them as they unloaded the junk.

The surveillance video shows two men in a U-Haul truck driving into the alley behind the church, stopping, and both men getting out of the truck.

And in a span of about seven minutes, the men can be seen quickly pulling out a lot of junk including a number of old pieces of furniture, two broken sewing machines, and a number of paint cans.

It happened Saturday afternoon around 3 pm at Christ Reform Baptist Church at Joy Road which is located on Joy Road at Longacre.

Pastor Brown tried to find clues in the heap the junk that included some paper trash, but it seems someone made sure there wasn't a paper trail in the pile that could be traced back to them.

"I tried to see if I could find any address but I was unable to," said Pastor Brown who has been with with the church for 39 years.

Anyone who can help identify the men on the surveillance video is urged to call the city's illegal dumping hotline at (313) 235-4359 or investigators with the Detroit Police Department's Sixth Precinct at 313-596-5600.

Pastor Brown just hopes this doesn't happen again.

"Please don't do this. We work so hard to keep the city clean," he said. "This make it more difficult and harder for us."