Two recycling workers were apprehended for attempting to steal used cooking oil from the Lakeside Bar and Grill in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. Officers from the Shrewsbury Police Department responded to a call about the incident at 4:40 a.m. on Sunday, April 2, 2023.
The suspects, Yordani Diaz-Campusano, 33, and Eri Carlos Alcantara, 30, were arrested and charged with Larceny, Conspiracy, Break into Depository, Vandalize Property, and Burglarious Instrument. The used cooking oil theft took place at the restaurant located at 97 Boston Turnpike.
The property owner, who reported the crime, observed the theft on his security camera footage. The cooking oil was being pumped into a white van parked behind the restaurant. When officers arrived, they were informed that the van had left the property and was last seen on Dewey Street.
Officer Sloan spotted the white van in the parking lot of Whole Foods at 193 Boston Turnpike at approximately 4:47 a.m. Inside the van, he discovered large containers filled with what appeared to be cooking oil. Used cooking oil has various recycling applications, including bio-diesel, soap making, lamp oil, household lubricant, leather preservative, animal feed, and skin moisturizer.
Both suspects work for an organization called “The Recycle of the Future” and live together at 5811 Palisade Avenue, West New York, NJ. Officers found oil residue and stains on their clothing, and discovered that the oil container at Lakeside Bar and Grill had been forced open with a lock and clamp style closure.
Diaz-Campusano and Alcantara were held on $1,500 bail each and arraigned in Westborough District Court on April 3, where they both pleaded not guilty. The men are currently being held pending their pretrial hearing on May 19.
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