Thieves Stealing Cooking Oil From North Shore Restaurants

ESSEX (CBS) – Police are trying to track down some slick thieves who are stealing cooking oil from several North Shore restaurants.

Essex Police Chief Peter Silva says the crooks are stealing the cooking oil from containers outside restaurants.

Fortune Palace, The Windward Grille and Lewis’s Restaurant are the latest targets, along with a restaurant in Ipswich; all of them hit this week.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Ben Parker reports

Phil Bruno, general manager at American Byproducts in Lynn, a company that normally collects the oil for recycling, says the oil in those tanks is worth a lot of money.

“Bottom line, it’s worth money and there’s a lot of people that think they’re either going to get rich or save a fortune heating their house or running their diesel vehicles on cooking oil after its processed,” said Bruno.

Bruno puts the price of the cooking oil as high as $1,000.

These cooking oil thefts mark the second string of similar thefts from some of the same establishments this year.

So far, no one has been arrested in any of the oil thefts.

  • Stu Cozza

    Geez… A couple of years ago, I had some to get rid of; finally donated it to a nearby biodiesel place.

  • OldOllie

    The Simpsons already did this story.

    • Groundskeeper Willie

      Mah retirement grease!

  • jhesser

    Bruno must be rich.

  • byproducts schmyproducts

    I keep my valuables locked up. Why don’t they secure their rancid old grease?

    • Baldy Kirby from Atlanta

      They do!

      It’s called Congress….

      • peter


  • juandeveras

    Happening around the country. As counties require grease interceptors up to 2500 gallons with an eye to the biodiesel fuel in the future

  • JD

    This is nothing new. I owned a grease processing business back in the 70″s when prices went way up and the were stealing it then too. You try and lock it up and they break the locks; In one case a barrel of grease was inside a storage room and they knocked a hole in the side of the building and got it.

    • John M

      Yes, Nothing new at all, and remember locks only keep honest people out.. haha

      I also saw a wall broken through at a place I worked but they stole about $50k worth of computer equipment. Amazing they went that far just for cooking oil.. wow

  • Ohm

    This isn’t new. They’ve been doing it for years

  • avagreen

    they stealing salt, sugar and black pepper off tables…

  • Obamaisabadperson

    To the Editor


      Here is a CLUE, plz GET IT.
      The used veg oil is mixed w/ a hydroxide solution of ETHANOL. After several hours it will separate n2 bio diesel and glycerin. About a 4:1 ratio. IF refined, the glycerin has a market value of 70cent a lb.

    • JD

      It is refined and can be used to mix with gasoline and it is also used in chicken feed as a source of energy and to bind the feed so it can be pressed into pellets. it is also used in making tires and the more refined product is even used cosmetics.

      • The Bobster

        No way. You have to mix it with diesel fuel. It wouldn’t run in a gasoline engine.

      • Baldy Kirby from Atlanta

        And the deaf nude guy on “Family Guy” rubs himself down with cooking oil so he can’t be caught when he streaks through the drugstore….

  • Jason

    A .22 caliber bullet is extremely cheap and the rifle extremely accurate. A shot in the leg would be a strong deterent to these criminals. Why waste tax dollars in court? After awhile we will know all the criminals by their limp. Have a nice freedom day.

    • pitter43

      That .22 bullet is even more effective when applied to the forehead. It stops future crimes.

      • peter

        So now we should shoot people for petty crimes? Gee, is this the America we dreamed to live in?

      • ritewng

        Yes shoot them. When this happens the whole conversation will change

  • The Bobster

    Be on the lookout for a car that smells like French fries.

  • Brian

    a .22 is much more dangerous than you realize Jason, perhaps you should stay away from firearms owning to the ignorance you just posted.

    The israles tried this long ago, the .22 used as a deterent ended up being leathal in many cases. They tend to bounc around alot inside a body and “follow” bones.

    Stick to your day job, imho.

    • Jed

      Seems like an add-on benefit of Jason’s solution, Brian.

    • Mannie

      And the downside is?

  • Typical Gringo

    Once the Masshole liberal majority votes in moonbat Elizabeth Warren she will take care of this. She’ll legislate the Department of Used Cooking Oil, create a tax to ensure safe disposal and handling, thereby eliminating crime. Kerry will probably co-sponser the bill.

  • Anon

    Filter used cooking oil and it works as fuel for diesel engines.

    And have you seen the price of Diesel these days?!

  • dan

    HOW STRANGE. Is the press so incompetent? This used cooking oil has no value. Restaurants have to PAY to have someone take it away. Theft, no. It has to have value to be theft.

    • JohnC

      Dan, I’m sorry to have to ask this, but have you been on another planet for the last couple of decades? Used cooking oil can be used to run Diesel engines (call Noonan transportation and ask them about it). Diesel fuel is running about $4 per gallon. You don’t think used cooking oil has value?

  • JR

    American By-Products steal just as much cooking oil as they are losing to theft. There is no honor among thieves

    • PHil

      100 per cent correct. I wonder if that company isn’t sponsoring people to steal it so long as they get the material does it matter?

  • Phil Allison

    Dan yoiur absolutely correct, spot on. The restaurants are paying $75 a month to get it hauled off. The “thieves” are saving the restaurant money. That $75 are 15 hamburger patties that can be sold for the up keep of the store. In my view you have a willing victim coupled with motivated entrepreneur. Conversely, the illegals steal all the recyclables on trash day does anyone care so long as they don’t make a mess?

    • Hagrid

      Guess again, the restaurants get paid for the used oil.

      • Smith

        American byproducts doesn’t pay for used cooking oil according to their site, so this article is a total farce.

  • Typical Gringo

    When the dopey Massachusetts liberals vote in moonbat Elizabeth Warren, she can spearhead the creation of the Department of Used Cooking Oil. She can initiate a cooking oil excise tax to pay for safe disposal, or maybe eliminate cooking oil all together, co-sponser the bill with Liveshot John Kerry, and convince the liberal sheep in Taxachusetts that it is actually a crime bill.

  • Mannie

    Bruno puts the price of the cooking oil as high as $1,000.

    A thousand bucks for how much? A bottle? A semi load? Once the Press was literate. American schooling, I guess.

  • gary

    Nothing to see here ..go home now

  • bullsballs

    wesson oil and rubber sheets, OH BABY!

  • Archie Bunkert

    Goldman Sachs took Billions, Corzine took a Billion. So, a cooking oil thief gets life and Goldman and Corzine get a fine.

  • Brad

    Used cooking oil is processed into biodiesel fuel which will run diesel engines, and run oil heaters. It requires some know-how to process, using chemicals but the engine runs so much better on biodoesel than petro diesel, not only that the fuel is a solvent and cleans the entire fuel injector system and the engines purr. Plus the cyliner’s top end is much better lubricated further extending life to the diesel. I’ve been making this stuff for years. Biodiesel is also a great cleaning solvent – stoves, tools, grease, and other stubborn contaminants break down easy using this oil. It can also be used as a deck stain when pigments are added. PLUS, the bi-product of the biodiesel process is glycerin – and this is converted to soap. Been making my own soap too – better than ANYTHING you can buy at the store.

    • Jerry

      Wrong. Biodiesel has lower BTU content than regular diesel. Same with ethanol. Why do you think a truck gets 18 MPG on regular fuel and 12 on ethanol? It does not run better. It also takes something like 100 gallons of water to make 1 gallon of ethanol. Our priorities are screwed up.

      • Jim

        Not so Jerry, you are correct about less BTU in BioD only about 10% less. But the statement that it runs better is true. the new ultra low sulfer Diesel lacks the lubricosity the old diesel had since it has less sulfer. BioDiesel remedies this a well lubricated engine runs better, the MPG hit is minimal.

        As for ethanol it is a joke 75% of the BTU of petrol, it is a waste of tax dollars and food it works for Brazil, as they have more sugarcane than they know what to do with, but corn is a bad source of sugar, as soon as the subsidies stop ethanol will stop.

  • MZ

    Next thing you know, thieves will be pilfering used burger wrappers from the McDonalds trash cans. Estimated value in the million!

    Cooking oil will, however, run a diesel engine – see

  • Steve M.

    “Phil Bruno, general manager at American Byproducts in Lynn, a company that normally collects the oil for recycling, says the oil in those tanks is worth a lot of money.”

    Phil- how much money do you pay the restaurants, WHERE THE OIL WAS TAKEN? If it is left out as refuse, it’s anybody who wants it.

    FYI- a 55 gallon drum equals 550 lbs of refined glycerine. Assuming a value of 70 cents a gallon, this comes out to $385. How did you get the $1000, figure?

    Maybe you ought to get off the dime and make your collections, at the restaurants, more often?

    I don’t hear any of the restaurants filing complaints with the PD.

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