NORTH BERGEN, N.J. (AP) — Two Queens men are accused of trying to steal used cooking oil from a New Jersey restaurant.
Police say they caught Youngil Kim and Byung Ho Choi sucking 700 gallons of grease from two storage tanks behind a Five Guys Burgers and Fries restaurant in North Bergen Monday.
Waste oil can be turned into biodiesel fuel. The restaurant sells its grease to a contractor for a little more than $1 a gallon.
Police say the men attached a hose to a pump in a canary yellow van. The oil was stored in a plastic bladder.
Detective Lt. Frank Cannella tells The Record newspaper they “weren’t sneaky thieves, they were greasy thieves.”
It’s not clear if they have lawyers.