Two alleged cooking oil thieves would have slipped away early today but for an observant Westport patrol officer, police said.
The event unfolded around 1:17 a.m. when the officer observed a vehicle with a defective tail light in the lot of a closed business, according to the police report.
“Upon speaking with the occupants of the vehicle, it was observed that there were several tanks containing oil and a large pump within the vehicle,” said Lt. Anthony Prezioso.
He added that oily clothing and shoes were also observed within the vehicle and on both of the male occupants identified as Elmy Sandoval, 21, and Steven Caraballo, 18, both of Yonkers, New York.
“Upon an additional officer responding to the business where the vehicle had first been observed, he determined that the used cooking oil tank behind it was empty and that the lid was left opened,” Prezioso said.
“Based on the scene it was apparent that this tank had recently been tampered with and siphoned of its contents without permission from the rightful owner,” he added.
Prezioso said that during the booking process, one of the suspects admitted to having stolen the cooking oil from the business.
“Also located during a search of one the suspects was a receipt showing a recent sale of cooking oil for cash,” he said.
Both Sandoval and Caraballo were charged with sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit larceny.
Each was released on a written promise to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Wednesday, Oct. 30.