Monday, September 12, 2011

Can I get fries with that?

Sometimes people steal things that even surprise law enforcement. We recently took a report where two local restaurants, in close proximity to one another, were the victims of thefts sometime in the overnight hours of Sept 8th. There was no missing money, computer equipment or expensive cuts of meat. These slippery thieves took cooking oil—and used cooking oil at that.

Think about the preparation and special equipment that would be needed to accomplish such a theft. It’s not like you can just toss cooking oil into the back of a pickup truck. The storage container for at least one of the restaurants is located inside the business. Obviously, someone had taken the time to siphon out the used oil using the exterior access pipe and then needed some sort of container to hold it.

Where did the thieves take their cargo after accomplishing such a feat? Who would buy it? It just goes to show that in this new age of recycling, almost everything has a value, even old grease.