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Police: NY Men Caught Stealing Oil From 2 Danbury Restaurants

Jose Martinez
Jose Martinez Photo Credit: Danbury Police Department
Mario Garcia
Mario Garcia Photo Credit: Danbury Police Department

DANBURY, Conn. — Two Yonkers men were charged with stealing oil from two Danbury restaurants after the owner of one of the restaurants caught them, according to police.

On March 2 the restaurateur who had been victimized staked out his restaurant and saw two men stealing his used oil, police said. The men used an unmarked van which contained siphoning equipment and two large tanks for containing the oil.

The restaurateur followed the van to another restaurant, and later called police. Officers caught up to the van a short time later at Stew Leonard's. The two men were arrested and the van was seized as evidence, police said.

Jose A. Martinez, 44, and Mario J. Garcia, 47, were both charged with two counts of sixth-degree larceny, two counts of criminal trespass, and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny. They were both held on a $1,000 bond.

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