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UPDATE: Union Parish cooking oil theft arrest

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FARMERVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - 51-year-old Michael Sanderson, of 116 Topic Drive, Monroe, was booked into the Union Parish Detention Center for felony theft of more than $1,500. He posted a $3,500 bond and was released.

Investigators say that Sanderson admitted to pumping oil from vats at Southern Classic Fried Chicken in Farmerville for the past year. It's estimated that in all, about $3,600 in cooking oil was stolen.

According to the police, Sanderson admitted that he was selling the oil to Ferguson Grease in Greenville, Miss., getting 20 cents per pound for it. Investigators said Sanderson also picks up used cooking oil from Union Parish schools and Ouachita Parish schools and other businesses in the area.

 

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Union Parish deputies are looking for thieves with an appetite for crime. Surveillance video shows a truck carrying about 100 gallons of used cooking oil. Deputies said the criminals took the oil from Southern Classic Chicken on North Main Street in Farmerville. The Sheriff's Office told us it all happened shortly after midnight last Wednesday. Union Sheriff Bob Buckley said this is third time the store has been hit with stolen cooking oil.

"With an operation like this, and if they've hit this a number of times, they probably picked up a 1,000 or so gallons," the sheriff said. " And if it sells for a dollar a gallon, they can make pretty good money."

The sheriff says cooking oil is typically used as bio-diesel fuel. Southern Classic Chicken is offering a reward of $500 for any leads to an arrest. Crime Stoppers of Union Parish are offering a thousand dollar reward.

 

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