LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) - You see them up and down the streets "Willie Botes" the green cans used to dispose of your trash. Laredo police investigator, Joe Baeza says over the past year, the number of "Botes" missing from peoples yards averages to about one a day.
"It's kind of hard to understand why people are stealing trash cans. They don't have any material value. So what were doing is asking if someone sees anyone stealing a trash can for them to call us."
Some people are proactive when it comes to protecting their "Bote" by either locking them up or putting their address on the can.
"I know many people have had their cans stolen and I keep it here so people don't pick it up. Pick them up as quickly as you can when you see the truck and put it back by your house."
Police say crooks tend to steal these garbage cans after they have been left on the sidewalk for days after trash pick up.
Raymundo Pena says after hearing about this, he's more cautious.
"It's a sad situation that we can't live in peace without someone coming and doing something like that. It's not the cost but the principal."
The theory is that cans being stolen are being used as storage bins and as extra trash cans to help off-set the once a week trash pick-up that was put into effect last year.