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Used cooking oil thieves costing businesses millions of dollars

WNYT Staff
Updated: June 14, 2021 07:28 PM
Created: June 14, 2021 06:51 PM

Local restaurants are being hit by thieves who are looking for a very specific thing, used cooking oil.

It might not seem like much, but these crimes are costing businesses millions of dollars.

Surveillance video shows thieves stealing used cooking oil, usually a two-man crew, smashing locks or cutting cables to get at the oil.

It's costing companies like Buffalo Biodiesel a lot of money, an estimated $15 million a year.

The company has a facility in South Glens Falls. 

Many local restaurants, like La Fiesta in Colonie, have been hit.

Buffalo Biodiesel buys, collects, and processes used cooking oil. It goes to a refinery where it's turned into biodiesel.

A company spokesperson says every gallon of used cooking oil that they collect reduces carbon emissions by 19.2 pounds per gallon.

Since 2019, the crimes have grown.

Learn the reason for the sharp rise by watching the video of Kumi Tucker's story.

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