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Rochelle Park Police: Grease-Covered Pair Stole Cooking Oil In Ramsey

Victor Delacruz, Jose Albornoz
Victor Delacruz, Jose Albornoz Photo Credit: MUGSHOTS: Courtesy ROCHELLE PARK PD

ROCHELLE PARK, N.J. -- Two Westchester men covered in grease had just stolen 500 gallons of used cooking oil from Ramsey when Rochelle Park police stopped them on Route 17, authorities said Monday.

Office Jared Shatkin stopped the 1999 Ford Econoline for several violations, Detective Sgt. Jim DePreta told Daily Voice.

Shaktin smelled burnt marijuana while talking with the driver, then turned up a small amount of pot and drug paraphernalia -- as well as two large plastic bladders filled with the cooking oil, DePreta said.

Both men "could not identify where or when the cooking oil was obtained," he said.

It turned out it had been stolen minutes earlier, DePetra said.

The driver, Victor Delacruz, 27, and his 21-year-old passenger, Jose Albornoz, both of Yonkers, were later released on court summonses charging them with receiving stolen property and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

"Detectives are working to identify additional oil theft victims," DePreta said.

ALSO SEE: A Ridgefield man was caught with a large duffle bag filled with spent brass shell casings from a Rochelle Park firing range that he intended to sell to support a drug habit, authorities said Monday.

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