STAMFORD- Police have arrested Robert Aillery age 58, with three counts of larceny for dumping the sewage from his septic tank cleaning company, Stright Sewage Disposal, illegally into his surrounding residential neighborhood. Aillery was said to have dumped raw sewage into a sewer connection from the garage of his private residence to avoid paying the proper and lawful disposal fees.
Aillery, the owner of Stright Sewage Disposal Septic, also referred to as Stright Septic, was charged after an in depth 18 month police investigation. Police said Aillery avoided paying the appropriate disposal fees to the Water Pollution Control Authority by dumping his customers collected sewage into the city of Stamford’s sewer system. Investigators were tipped off by the flow meters that had been previously installed by the Water Pollution Control Authority at the Aillery residence. Witnesses and investigators claim to have seen first hand a hose hooked to a valve on his company’s Septic truck with the other end of the pump placed inside of a long drain that leads directly into Stamford’s city sewer system.
Investigators also reported that neighbors in the surrounding area had been experiencing the back flow of his unlawful sewage disposal method into their homes, damaging the resident’s personal property on the road that runs parallel to Hope Street, and also causing a strong foul odor to permeate throughout the neighborhood on a regular basis.
Police started their investigation of Aillery in May of 2013 after the Water Pollution Control Authority submitted a formal request and numerous complaints from the neighbors that the owner of Stright Septic was practicing unlawful disposal of raw sewage. Police were helped in their investigation by an officer from the local Water Pollution Control Authority’s Regulatory Compliance Center. The officer confirmed the Stamford police suspicions and helped the investigators by offering his methodology and expertise with illegal sewage disposal.
Robert Aillery appeared and was arraigned at the State Superior Court in Stamford, Connecticut on Thursday, November 13, 2014 on charges that he allegedly disposed without lawful authorization of over 7 million pounds of raw sewage into the sewer pipe connected to his Knickerbocker Avenue home. He is under a court order to remove his two trucks from his property by November 26th and cannot leave them parked in his garage. He has failed to pay the $101,660 in fees for sewage that he did not dispose of with the Water Pollution Control Authority and will be held with a bond set at $150,000.