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Queens Men Accused Of Trying To Steal Cooking Oil

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Byung Ho Choi, left, and Youngil Kim (Police Photo)

Byung Ho Choi, left, and Youngil Kim (Police Photo)

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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.

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