Cops: Yonkers Couple Stole Approximately 650 Gallons of Used Cooking Oil from Various Suffolk County Restaurants
August 25, 2014
(Hauppauge, NY) Suffolk County Police arrested a couple who stole approximately 650 gallons of used cooking oil from various Suffolk County restaurants yesterday.
A Fourth Precinct Crime Section officer was on his way to work when he spotted a 2004 Ford van at the New Grand Buffet, located at 1704 Veterans Memorial Highway in Hauppauge, at approximately 8 a.m. The officer recognized the vehicle that was previously used to steal cooking oil from restaurants throughout Suffolk County. The officer observed Domingo Santos withdrawing used cooking oil from an oil canister located behind the restaurant.
Santos, 40, of Yonkers, and his girlfriend, Vanessa Liriano, 31, also from Yonkers, were in possession of 650 gallons of used cooking oil. The oil, which is typically refined and sold as bio-fuel, had an approximately value of $2000.
Domingo Santos, 40, of Yonkers, was charged with 16 counts of Petit Larceny, one count Possession of Stolen Property, an class E Felony, one count Criminal Possession of Marijuana and one count of Burglars Tools. Photo SCPD.
Vanessa Liriano, 31, from Yonkers, was charged with 16 counts of Petit Larceny, one count Possession of Stolen Property, an class E Felony, and one count of Burglars Tools. Photo SCPD.
Santos and Liriano were each charged with 16 counts of Petit Larceny, one count Possession of Stolen Property, an class E Felony, and one count of Burglars Tools. Santos was additionally charged with one count Criminal Possession of Marijuana.
The investigation is continuing.
Santos and Liriano were held overnight at the Fourth Precinct and are scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip today, August 25.
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