Police: 2 Men Stole Hundreds of Gallons of Cooking Oil from Business

Two Elizabeth men were previously charged with similar thefts in Mount Olive, Watchung and Roxbury

Two men from Elizabeth were charged with the alleged theft of used cooking oil from a business, police said.

Willie Renta, 26 and Roberto Vazquez, Jr., 31, were arrested following a lengthy investigation of several hundred gallons of used cooking oil that had been stolen from storage containers located in the Beach Plaza.

Darling International Inc., a company that removes and recycles used cooking oils from food service establishments nationwide, reported the theft at 11:30 a.m. May 4. The containers were stored behind Vesuvio’s pizzeria and the Yummy Yummy Chinese restaurant.

The stolen used oil was valued at $998.55, police said.

Renta and Vazquez worked for Swift Oil Recovery Co. at the time of the incident. Both men were previously arrested and charged with the same offenses by Mount Olive, Watchung and Roxbury police pepartments while employed by Swift Oil Recovery.

Renta and Vazquez responded to Lacey Police on July 24. They were charged with theft of movable property, a third degree offense, and released on a summons.

brianna August 06, 2012 at 12:55 PM
JD August 06, 2012 at 12:55 PM
I learn things each day. I had no idea that used cooking oil was worth that much money. While, the article does state that the theft involved several 100's of gallons of cooking oil, it was still valued at close to $1,000. Since, these criminals were charged with a similar offense in the past, I would hope that the penalty that is given to them is a bit stiffer than a first time offender. Good job once again by the Lacey Township Police Department.
Louie August 06, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Did they recycle oil the previous oil stolen? Or building supply for destruction? Thank you LPD for keeping our town safe.
sandy bottom August 06, 2012 at 01:17 PM
sounds like a couple of greasers to me
Michael Hendrickson August 06, 2012 at 01:18 PM
These guys are just trying to get by in this Obama economy..Find something else to do Lacey twp police department
gettin by August 06, 2012 at 02:24 PM
@Michael...I guess they could get a job like the rest of us. Nah, silly thought...they should just keep stealing. ????
Forked River Mom August 06, 2012 at 02:45 PM
@ Michael... so that makes it okay to steal?? Unreal! Like gettin by said, why don't they get a job like the rest of us!
lee long August 06, 2012 at 02:52 PM
@ michael , maybe lcpd should find something else to do when there robbing your house , hahahahahaha lol
sandy bottom August 06, 2012 at 04:44 PM
dam bush
Sick and Tired August 07, 2012 at 03:36 PM
DJ Ice has a point michael....maybe the PD will be too busy doing something else when you are in need of their help
John Miller August 11, 2012 at 04:59 AM
I am more concerned as to "who" they were selling to...
MaddieKK August 16, 2012 at 07:47 PM
They probably sold it back to Darling


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