Thieves Striking Oil At Mid-South Restaurants

Thieves Striking Oil At Mid-South Restaurants

Some local restaurant owners say thieves are striking oil.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Some local restaurant owners say thieves are striking oil.

The target is used cooking oil. It can be processed into biodiesel. The latest reported victim was the Danver's in Olive Branch, where thieves made off with nearly 40 gallons.

"It's the first time it's happened to me and I've been in the restaurant business 17 years," Danver’s manager Jason Cox said.

It's the newest craze for some thieves, stealing used cooking oil from restaurants.

"The company that picks it up & pumps it came the next day & found it that it had been busted thru the grate. Somebody put a pump in and pumped it out," Cox said.

The grease can be processed into biodiesel and sold for about a dollar a gallon on the street. Licensed grease haulers pay restaurants around $2 a gallon to lug off the lard.

"If u went one night and 500 to 1000 gallons, that's $2000 in one night," Cox said.

Restaurants like Danvers plan to beef up security & hope the grease bandits will eventually slip up.

"We have cameras outside we'll just have to put another one on the side of the building so if somebody pulls up to pump we'll get ‘em," Cox said.

Danver’s isn't the only place that's been targeted. Police said several other restaurants in Desoto County and Memphis have recently had their grease swiped, some losing between two and three thousand dollars. In some cases, the entire container was taken. Those can cost up to $600.
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