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.
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 […]
CHESTNUTHILL TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — In recent months, several arrests have been made regarding the theft of used cooking oil from multiple counties in our area. The latest reports coming in from Monroe County where multiple businesses were hit. Pennsylvania State Police say numerous oil thefts have been reported along Route 209. At least […]
WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A preliminary hearing for two people accused of stealing used cooking oil from the Hanover Township Burger King was continued Tuesday morning. Jansel Lopez, 25 of Mount Vernon, NY and Fida Altaweel, 27, of Yonkers, NY were in court Tuesday morning in Luzerne County. Lopez and Altaweel were arrested in […]
EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU) — There have been plenty of easy targets for thieves over the years. Copper, railroad tracks, car wheels, bikes, packages… the list goes on. One trend that has begun to see an increase in our area is likely one you wouldn’t expect… the theft of used cooking oil. There has been a […]
CLARKS SUMMIT, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — An arrest was made Wednesday morning in another cooking oil theft. Police say this one took place in Clarks Summit. Officers say they were called to the Hooked on State Street restaurant in the Abington Shopping Center after reports of a suspicious man near the restaurant’s oil vats. Police […]