During community cleanup months, some take advantage, others, take trash to treasure

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Judy and Brian Pitts have been giving new life to this side yard full of abandoned, unloved furniture, the past 7 years.

“Mostly everything in this room, we found on the side of the street,” Pitts said.

Like this old dresser.

“Put it all back together and redid the top,” Pitts said.

All of it, found.

Most of it, during city-wide community clean-up months.

“It’s a lot of fun, a lot of fun,” Pitts said. “They throw away grandma’s stuff, and we usually get it.”

It’s also extra cash for the couple; Brian, disabled after a work accident.

But, not everyone is like Judy and Brian.

Some, like this woman seen here in a red truck, caught on video stealing a small bench from a front yard in Clovis.

The woman dumping out the books inside, which were part of a free library for the neighborhood to share.

“It seems that it’s hard to keep your eye on what’s put out, when there’s other things close by,” Clovis Police Department Sgt. Jared Binford said.

However, police do have some tips.

They say, you can put out green waste and yard clippings first, instead of more personal items

Binford recommends making sure gates and doors are locked up, and not leaving any personal identifying information in the junk you move out.

Bottom line, call, if you see anything out of the ordinary.

“We’d rather come out a thousand times,” Binford said. “Then miss that one opportunity where we could’ve prevented a crime.”

If you see the Pitts out and about, know they’re giving your discarded table or dresser, a second shot.

“It’s moving on for another purpose,” Pitts said.

Clovis police say, you can always call the 24-hour dispatch line if you have a concern.

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