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Man Charged With Stealing Cooking Oil in Westport

WESTPORT, Conn. – A New York man was arrested in Westport Tuesday after police received a report that cooking oil had been stolen from a Five Guys restaurant in Norwalk, just over the Westport border, police said.

Norwalk police sent out a radio broadcast to Westport police to be on the lookout for a white van that was reported to have been involved in a larceny of cooking oil from the burger joint on Westport Avenue.

Officer Sean Kelley later spotted a van matching that description pulling out of the Balducci’s on Post Road East. When Kelley stopped the van, he found two large, square vats that appeared to be full with oil in the back, a 55-gallon drum and an electric siphon with a hose attached to it, police said.

The driver, Andrew Carnegie of Yonkers, allegedly was spotted by a Balducci’s employee earlier in the day emptying oil into a white van, police said.

Carnegie, 38, was charged with sixth-degree larceny for theft of oil from Balducci’s, He was released on a promise to appear in court March 1 and turned over to Norwalk police for the alleged theft of oil from Five Guys.

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