Authorities were able to obtain surveillance video of the theft that showed two men backing a white Ford van up to the waste-oil container. The men are then seen cutting the locks off of the container and pumping the waste oil from the storage container into their van's oil-pump system reservoir, where it is used as an ingredient in biofuel, police said.
Waste Oil Recyclers estimated that the 150 gallons of oil the men stole cost about $825.
Shortly after the theft was reported, officers stopped a van matching the description of the vehicle on 3rd Street and arrested two suspects. The identities of the suspected thieves have not yet been released, pending approval of criminal charges, police said.
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