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Accused Wendy's Grease Thieves Can't Slip Sarasota Police

Two men are accused of stealing used cooking and fryer grease from a Sarasota Wendy's, police said.

Two accused grease thieves weren't slippery enough to get away from Sarasota Police.

Two men are charged with stealing used cooking and fryer grease from a Wendy's in Sarasota and may be responsible for similar crimes in Pinellas County, authorities said Friday.

The duo was seen using a white truck to extract the grease from a storage system attached to the inside of the fast food restaurant at 1601 S. Tamiami Trail around 3:30 a.m. Thursday, authorities said. When the restaurant's manager noticed the men were not wearing the normal uniform and were acting unusual, he called police.

A patrol officer found the two men and the truck later that night at Fruitville Road and Shade Avenue, police said. The truck was equipped with four 250-gallon tanks attached to a gasoline-powered, portable sump pump in the rear.

The arrests of the two men, 23-year-old Leroy L. Shorter of Pinellas Park and 27-year-old Dargel Exposito of Seminole, helped Pinellas Park Police clear four similar cases, a Sarasota Police spokesperson said Friday.

"This 'yellow grease' is a valuable commodity, in raw form, and can be recycled to make bio-fuel," said Officer Linda DeNiro in a media release.

Shorter and Exposito are both charged with burglary of a structure. In addition, Shorter is charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence after he attempted to eat a piece of marijuana when officers pulled the truck over, according to an arrest report.

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Mme. d'Estape May 12, 2013 at 02:48 AM
What do we have here? A new sort of green crime? What was Wendy's going to do with the stuff? Any chance we could have a little journalistic curiosity here?
Palmetto Joe May 20, 2013 at 12:29 PM
The grease is being resold to your local "slop" joints that you dearly love...next time you eat that burrito ..your eating someone else's cooked food.

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