Now police say they’ve finally caught someone trying to ditch 50 pounds of leftover crullers, rings and twists, along with used hairnets and other assorted garbage. The suspect is, as one might suspect, an employee at Dunkin Donuts.
Santosh Dey of Oaklyn was accused early Thursday of trying to leave three full trash bags in the park. Dey works at the Dunkin’ Donuts on Haddon Avenue in Collingswood, and police said they plan to talk to the owner of the franchise.
When arrested, Dey allegedly told Park Police Detective Gerald Torres that he wanted to feed the geese and wildlife. So he is charged with violating a County Park ordinance against feeding wildlife, as well as the rule against dumping food in the park.
Residents from Collingswood, Haddon Township and Oaklyn had been complaining for a long time about big green trash bags of donuts littering the park and assorted loose sweetbreads being scattered on the dock by Colford Avenue.
But officials finally got a break in the case when a resident wrote county freeholders that someone had been seen dropping off trash and donuts between 5:30 and 6 a.m. Now able to focus their surveillance, Park Police ended up arresting the Dey at 6:15 a.m.
He faces total fines of up to $150, plus court costs.