Grease Bandits Prove Somewhat Slippery

New York restaurants have a new scourge to worry about, on top of all those rats displaced by Hurricane Sandy: a crew of small-time crooks that has hit paydirt in the form of “rancid cooking sludge.” This appetizing goo is in demand as a recycled ingredient in biofuels, which I guess there is a black market for already? Okay then.

In a case of life imitating that one episode of The Simpsons, grease thieves arrive at eateries’ kitchens to suck up all the excess oil with “souped-up vacuum or lawnmower engine[s].” Often they posed as employees of the companies actually hired to do this. Amazing how far the right uniform will get you.

Apparently there’s no end in sight: these operations are quick and professional. Even some guys who got caught in an lard heist in January were able to plead their way down from burglary to criminal trespassing. Now that’s greasy.

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