The Commerce reservoir is nearly full — and the odds of it returning to full from Tuesday rains appeared good — but that doesn’t mean folks can just take water from the lake.
The Commerce Police Department charged three men with criminal trespass after being alerted that three Hispanic males were filling a tanker truck at the reservoir, which is located off Grove Level Church Road in Banks County.
One of the suspects told police that “their boss” told them to get the water, and that they’d made approximately 11 trips to the reservoir. The truck carried 1,200 gallons, according to the incident report.
The three were charged when they could not produce a permit from the city for taking water, and the matter was turned over to the city’s investigators.
The report did not indicate where the water was being used.
The three are Juan Campos, 26, 3424 Water Vista Parkway, Lawrenceville; Arturo Suarez, 18, 917 Wood Creek Drive, Roswell; and Rafael Trigo Zuniga, 26, 203 Portage Avenue, North, Mattawa, WA.
For a complete list of those arrested over the past week by the Commerce Police Department, see the Aug. 13 edition of The Commerce News.