Winter Haven, Florida -- Apparently a problem with rogue shopping carts being left around the core city area of Winter Haven got so bad the police had to step in. They even have a name for the effort -- Operation Buggy Roundup.
In the first 20 minutes of the project this morning, police say they picked up 13 buggies. They plan to release a final count later today.
Police are advising residents who have limited transportation options and are using the carts to get items to and from the stores that two-wheeled wire buggies are available for $20. The wire buggies can fold easily for transport and if cost is a concern they recommend neighbors share with each other.
"Shopping carts are a great tool to use when shopping, but they are not to be used to transport items off property and to a residence," said Chief Gary Hester. "We are going to crack down on those who continue to take these carts leaving them around to litter our city, ultimately causing the retail stores to lose money."
Winter Haven Police want to remind residents that taking shopping carts off the retail store's property is a crime and you could be charged with a felony.