In one of the stranger crimes reported in South Jersey lately, two men were caught trying to steal used cooking oil from a local restaurant.

No, not new never-before-used cooking oil. Old cooking oil. Used cooking oil.

(Hey, swing by my house after Thanksgiving, and you can have my used cooking oil from my turkey!)

Absecon police say Vincent Torres, 35, and Steven Cuz, 37, both of Newark, were caught early Friday morning trying to steal oil from a storage tank behind Mt. Fuji Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar on the White Horse Pike. They also are suspects in similar thefts and attempted thefts of used cooking oil from the Black Cat Taverb in Absecon, and other locations in Somers Point, and Hamilton Township.

According to a press release:

Torres and Cruz were both charged with theft and conspiracy for the incident at Mt. Fuji as well as Criminal attempt theft and conspiracy for the incident at the Black Cat Tavern earlier in the morning. They were also charged with theft and conspiracy for the theft on November 6th at the Black Cat. Bail was set at $5,000.00 with a 10% option.

Somers Point Police also charged the suspects with burglary, theft and conspiracy for the incident on reported on October 19th. Bail on this matter was set at $5000.00 full cash. Charges are pending in Hamilton Twp. for their theft. Both suspects were unable to post bail and were lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility.


According to an article from, used cooking oil can be worth as much as 40 cents per pound to recyclers.