EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — You may have heard of criminals stealing copper pipes, bronze grave markers and other precious metals in order to trade them for cash. But one thing not many people think to steal… used cooking oil.
Thieves are selling the used oil to be converted into biodiesel.
Eyewitness News has been reporting on the thefts in Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania.
PLAINS TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Plains Township Police have two New Jersey men in custody they say were involved in an attempted cooking oil theft. At 1:28 p.m. on November 14, police say they responded to the Burger King at 81 North River Street in Plains Township for the report of an attempted cooking […]
TUNKHANNOCK TOWNSHIP, WYOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Pennslyvania State Police reported a used cooking oil theft at the Fireplace Restaurant, Sunday morning. State Troopers say around 7:35 a.m., on Sunday, a van entered the parking lot of the Fireplace Restaurant and stole used cooking oil. The van then fled the scene, traveling east on State Route […]
OLD LYCOMING TOWNSHIP, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Police say they arrested two men who were involved in a cooking oil theft, Friday morning. According to the Old Lycoming Township Police Department, Raymond Hernandez, and Luis Sanchez, both 30 from Yonkers, New York, were arrested at Pudgies Pizza on Lycoming Creek Road. Police received a call […]
POCONO TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Police have two men in custody they say attempted to steal cooking oil from a local business. Police said they responded to a report of two men stealing cooking oil from behind a local business in Tannersville. Officers were told the two men fled from the business in a […]
SCOTRUN, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Police arrested and charged a man after they say he was found stealing cooking oil from a plaza in the Poconos. According to the Pocono Township Police Department, on Sunday around 6:50 a.m., officers were called for a report of a man in a white van stealing cooking oil from the […]
POLK TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)— Pennsylvania State Police say they are looking for a suspect who stole approximately 500 gallons of cooking oil from a Polk Township restaurant. Officials said about 500 gallons of cooking oil were stolen on June 1 from Frank’s Pizza shop on Interchange Road in Monroe County. You can contact Lehighton […]
HAZLE TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)— Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a report of about 350 gallons of cooking oil being stolen from a Hazle Township diner. Troopers said approximately $2,205 worth of cooking oil was stolen from John’s Family Diner on South Church Street sometime between August 2021 and June 6, 2022. Anyone with information […]
MONROE TOWNSHIP, SNYDER COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) are investigating a report of stolen used cooking in Monroe Township. PSP Selinsgrove says they are looking into a report of stolen used cooking oil. Buffalo Biodiesel Inc., a New York company that specializes in recycling used cooking oil to produce renewable biodiesel, was listed […]