Queens Men Allegedly Stole Used Cooking Oil From NJ Restaurant

Tuesday, Sep 21, 2010  |  Updated 10:00 PM EDT
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Queens Men Allegedly Stole Used Cooking Oil From NJ Restaurant

The van that was used to seal grease.

Two New York residents are accused of trying to steal used cooking oil from a New Jersey restaurant.
 
Police say they caught Youngil Kim and Byung Ho Choi sucking 700 gallons of grease from two storage tanks behind a Five Guys Burgers and Fries restaurant in North Bergen Monday.

  Waste oil can be turned into biodiesel fuel. The restaurant sells its grease to a contractor for a little more than $1 a gallon.
 
Police say the Queens, N.Y., residents attached a hose to a pump in a canary yellow van. The oil was stored in a plastic bladder.
 
Detective Lt. Frank Cannella tells The Record newspaper they "weren't sneaky thieves, they were greasy thieves."
 
It's not clear if they have lawyers.
 

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