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Garbage men clean up crime

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Updated: 12/09/2013 11:46 pm
YULEE, Fla. -- Tim Woods has his eyes on your neighborhood. He's a local watchdog helping to keep your family safe.

"I've been in the business," he said.

But he's not in the security business or a sheriff's deputy.

Woods drives a garbage truck route for Advanced Disposal in Nassau County. On Monday, the Sheriff trained Woods to pick up a whole other type of trash: He's one of 90 advanced disposal employees in the county Sheriff Bill Leeper groomed to also act as local patrolmen.

"We're limited in the number of people we have out patrolling so it gives us an extra set of eyes out there looking for things," said Sheriff Leeper.

It's all at no cost to taxpayers. Woods and other garbage men will keep their eyes out for suspicious activity on the streets of Nassau County. From break-ins to discarded meth lab materials to the back alleyways where they say shady stuff might happen.

If they see a problem, they'll report to police so they won't be the ones handling the potential crimes. For neighbors, it could be a lifesaver.

"The more eyes the better," said Callahan resident Rodney Louis.

"Can't have too much security. I think that'd be great," said Dot Outler.

For drivers like Woods, it's just another way to clean up his community.

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