A group was arrested after they allegedly stole over 100 gallons of cooking oil from a popular restaurant. We learned why thieves are stealing cooking oil.

On Thursday, Oct. 20, the Red Hook Police announced three Westchester County, New York residents were arrested following a traffic stop on Route 9G in the Town of Red Hook.

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On Wednesday, October 19 at approximately 10:30 a.m., Red Hook police received a call reporting cooking oil was stolen from the Jaeger House Restaurant located at the intersection of 9G and West Kerley Corners Road.

Responding police were told the suspects fled in a white Home Depot box van after stealing cooking oil from the eatery.


A short time later, an officer observed a vehicle matching the description of the offending vehicle traveling southbound on 9G and a traffic stop was initiated.
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A subsequent roadside investigation resulted in the discovery of over 100 gallons of stolen cooking oil and equipment used to conduct the thefts, police say.


Food & Wine reports cooking oil is very valuable because the demand for grease has increased on the black market as the United States searches for more renewable fuel.

"The investigation found that the truck had been rented in Westchester County and may have been involved in multiple larcenies in the area in recent weeks," the Red Hook Police Department stated in a press release.

Prince C. Gonzalez, 27, Analie Navarro, 34, and 21-year-old Leuri A. Deleon, all from Yonkers, were all charged with larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

Deep fryer with boiling oil, toned

Police allege the trio may be responsible for more crimes in the area, adding their investigation is ongoing.

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