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Used Oil Thieves Target St Cyrus Business

Police Scotland are asking restaurants, hotels and takeaway food outlets to be vigilant following the attempted theft of used cooking oil from a business premises in St Cyrus. 

Two males and a female, driving a white Mercedes panel van and dressed in high visibility vests, attended at the property on Wednesday 29 June 2022 at 1025am. The female is described as having an East European accent.

If you witness any suspicious activity please call the police immediately - this will allow us to circulate information and descriptions throughout the North East.

North East Division Crime Reduction Officer PC Urquhart said ‘I would advise restaurants, hotels and fast food outlet owners to be particularly vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the Police via 101. This appears to be a very sophisticated and organised group of criminals whom have the ability to travel throughout the country committing these crimes. Used cooking oils are being stolen across the country and being taken south to be processed. If you have any doubts call the company that normally makes your used oil collections in order to verify identities. Thieves are on occasion presenting false identification.’

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Police Scotland's North East Division covers rural and urban areas in Moray, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City.  The division has five territorial command areas which have their own dedicated Area Commander, who is responsible for the daily policing function.  Each command area is served by a number of community policing teams whose activities are built around the needs of the local community.  These teams respond to local calls and look for long term solutions to key issues.  They are assisted by the division's Crime Reduction Unit who deliver against Force and local priorities in a number of areas, including physical and social crime prevention, supporting and enhancing community engagement and creating and sustaining strong and effective partnership working.


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(Police Scotland, PC, A Div - North East - Crime Reduction Team)

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