WESTPORT, Conn. Two New York residents were charged with trying to steal cooking oil from Five Guys Burgers and Fries in Westport last Thursday after a retired police officer spotted suspicious activity behind the restaurant, police said.
The retired officer had eaten lunch at Five Guys, located at 534 Post Road E., and was walking to his car when he saw a white van parked near the cooking oil tank, police said. The rear doors of the van, which had New York plates, were open and the suspects were standing near the oil, the police report said.
Having suspected the men were attempting to steal or had already stolen cooking oil, the retired officer followed the van out of the parking lot and called police headquarters. He stayed in contact with the dispatcher until marked police cars arrived and stopped the van, police said.
Inside the rear of the van, officers found several large tanks filled with used cooking oil, according to the police report. A gas-powered pumping device and a long, corrugated suction hose were also found in the back of the van, police said.
The suspects, 41-year-old Christopher Hills and 50-year-old Kenneth Martin, were arrested and charged with attempt to commit sixth-degree larceny. They were released after each posted a $2,500 bond and are due in court July 23.
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