Men accused of stealing thousand of dollars of cooking grease from Calif. McDonald's

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Updated: 12/28/2012 6:58 pm

HEMET, Calif. (AP) — Two men are accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of used cooking grease from a Riverside County McDonald's.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports the owner staked out the McDonald's in Hemet because thieves had been targeting restaurants to steal grease for selling to recyclers.

Restaurant grease fetches a good price — 30 to 40 cents a pound — because it can be refined into biodiesel fuel.

At about 1:50 a.m. Friday, the owner called police as 22-year-old Noel Portillo of Compton and 24-year-old Ricardo Robles of Long Beach were allegedly stealing grease.

Police arrived to find the two men inside a pickup truck with the engine running and a large metal tank mounted in its bed.

After reviewing surveillance tape, the men were arrested and the truck was impounded.

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Speed - 12/29/2012 1:09 PM
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I hate that if something can be sold,there's somebody out there ready to steal it. So many factors to blame for it-declining morals,destruction of the family unit,the economy...
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