Police searching for crooks who struck oil

Police searching for crooks who struck oil

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Some crooks steal cars and copper wiring. But, Jonesboro police say a couple of thieves really struck oil: they took grease.

The security director for Darling Ingredients of Irving, Texas, reported Monday that someone stole more than 1,300 pounds of used cooking oil from their collection tanks at Demo's Barbeque & Smokehouse, 1851 S. Church, and Catfish Café, 1820 S. Main.

Just after midnight on July 26, surveillance video showed a dark blue Dodge flatbed pickup truck with a metal tank and pump on the back stop at both locations, according to the initial incident report.

The video showed two white men wearing reflective shirts pumping the contents of the restaurants' collection tanks into the tank on the truck.

The security director stated the thieves took 815 pounds of used cooking oil from one tank and 535 pounds of oil from the other. He placed the combined value at $337.58.

Waste vegetable oil is used to create biodiesel.

Anyone with information on this greasy grab and go should call Crimestoppers at 935-STOP (7867) and leave an anonymous tip.

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