Deputies said a brother and sister were busted for taking potato chips from a Frito Lay warehouse dumpster in Ocala. One of the suspects said they have been making a living for a while by selling the chips they take, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office.
Authorities on Friday released a photo which shows a blue van loaded with bags of Frito Lay snacks. Investigators said Darren Hagerman, 25, and his sister Jessica Huggard, 22, stole the chips from the dumpster outside the Frito Lay warehouse in Ocala late Thursday night. They are both charged with burglary and grand theft.
The sheriff's office said Hagerman told investigators that he and his sister have been taking chips from dumpsters in Marion and Citrus counties and selling them to make money.
"I started this probably twenty years ago," said their father, Ronald Huggard. "I've been dumpster diving just to make an extra income."
Huggard said he earns $300 a month doing yard work, and his two children have been taking chips out of dumpsters and selling them to make ends meet. He estimates his daughter might make $100 a month doing that, enough to buy gas and groceries.
A deputy on patrol saw the blue van driving down an industrial road late at night. He became suspicious when he saw a little girl bouncing around in the back seat. The deputy pulled the van over and asked where all the snacks came from. Hagerman told the deputy they took expired chips out of the dumpster to sell them and that they had been doing it for a while. He and that he previously found a key that opens the gate to the parking lot at the Ocala warehouse.
Their father said the food is fair game if it's in the dumpster, but he does believe his children did something wrong Thursday night. "I do agree that it's an unlawful entry and trespassing," he said. "I do agree with that."
Jeffrey Mann is the district manager at the Frito Lay warehouse in Orlando. He tells FOX 35 that, every other week, expired chips are removed from stores and thrown in the dumpsters. The chips that were taken Thursday night are in evidence and investigators will determine their value.