NORWALK, Conn. – A Norwalk diner is the latest victim in a series of grease thefts, Norwalk Police say.
Workers at the Post Road Diner, 312 Connecticut Ave., noticed Wednesday afternoon that the lock had been cut on the grease container behind the restaurant, Sgt. Lisa Cotto said. About 40 gallons of used cooking oil was gone. Police were told the grease was worth $500.
Surveillance video shows a van backing up to the restaurant at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Cotto said. A man laid a hose from the van to the container and left about 15 minutes later. The video quality wasn't good enough to read the license plate, Cotto said.
Police said in February that a half-dozen restaurants reported grease thefts. Police seized a tanker truck they suspected of being used in the thefts. Restaurants are paid 15 to 30 cents a gallon for grease, which is used to make bio-fuel, police said. Thieves can get $1.60 a gallon for the grease on the black market.
A New York man was arrested in late February and charged in the theft of grease from the Five Guys restaurant on Westport Avenue. Police said an employee saw the man back his van up to the restaurant and remove grease.