A Newark New Jersey man was arrested after allegedly stealing cooking oil from a Linen NJ restaurant.
According to law enforcement, a Linden patrol officer noticed the suspect trying to commit the theft around 1:00 a.m. When the police officer drove past Bella Gina’s Italian Deli and Catering, he reportedly observed the 33-year-old suspect sitting in a white Ford van. The vehicle was parked behind the restaurant.
The Linden police officer moved toward the suspect’s van and reportedly saw a half-full tank of liquid in the back of the vehicle.
The police officer also noticed another possible suspect in the theft. The suspect, who was standing near the building, bolted as soon as he saw the officer head in the direction of the van.
A subsequent search of the suspect’s vehicle reportedly led police to find a pair of orange work gloves, a hose, a pump, and a used cooking oil container.
The suspect was arrested at the scene without incident.
Linden police canvassed the surrounding area in search of the other suspect, but they could not locate him.
The main suspect was charged with attempted theft of movable property.
Law enforcement seized the suspect’s van.
After being placed under arrest and charged, the suspect was remanded to the Union County Jail. He was being held at the correctional facility in lieu of an unspecified bail amount.
For further information about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Newark Man Caught Trying to Steal Cooking Oil, Linden Police Say.”