Blotter: 200 gallons of cooking oil stolen behind Wading River restaurant

05/24/2012 8:30 AM |

About 200 gallons of used cooking oil was stolen from a storage container behind a Wading River restaurant May 13, police said.

The unknown suspect used a white van to load up the oil from a container in the rear parking lot, according to a police report.

A representative of the restaurant said thieves have taken oil from the container in the past. It is unknown how much the oil was worth.

Police said they are still investigating the incident.

• Robert Moats, 27, of Riverhead was arrested and charged with third-degree assault Saturday, police said. Mr. Moats was involved in a dispute, according to a police report. He was processed and held for arraignment. Details were unavailable.

• Candice Hughes, 21, of Riverhead was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana while she was in her vehicle on West Main Street May 16, police said. A police officer said he smelled burned marijuana coming from Ms. Hughes’ 1997 Oldsmobile. Police found small amounts of marijuana between the seat and the door jamb, in the center console and in Ms. Hughes’ purse, according to the police report. She was arrested, processed and released on an appearance ticket.

• Cindy Popo, 24, of Shirley was arrested and charged with fourth-degree grand larceny May 16 after she turned herself in at police headquarters, police said. Ms. Popo allegedly stole two bracelets worth $2,000 in total, according to a police report, though it was not clear from where. She was processed and arraigned at Town Justice Court.

Those who are named in police reports have not been convicted of any crime or violation. The charges against them may later be reduced or withdrawn, or they may be found innocent.

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