Police warn owners to ‘review security’ after restaurants and takeaways in Exeter are targeted by cooking oil thieves

Thefts of cooking oil from outside restaurants and takeaways in Exeter has prompted police to warn owners to step-up security.

Devon and Cornwall Police said officers received reports from areas in the city where cooking oil has been stolen on two separate dates in November and December.

Police have described the suspects as being male, possibly with Eastern European accents, seen driving a Mercedes Benz Sprinter van or White Ford Transit van.

Officers said the thefts took place at around 2.55pm on Saturday, December 4 and 12.20pm on Thursday, November 18.

Anyone who sees someone acting suspiciously outside city takeaways or restaurants is asked to call police on 999.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “We would like to make food and eating establishments, and similar, aware that we have received reports of thefts of cooking oil from the outside areas, and yards of takeaways, and restaurants etc.

“We have received reports from the Exeter area which took place at approximately 2.55pm on Saturday 4 December and 12.20pm on Thursday 18 November.

“It is believed the suspects are two males, possibly had Eastern European accents, and using a white Mercedes Benz Sprinter van or White Ford Transit van.”

The police spokesperson added: “Please be wary of this, inform staff and review security.”

Anyone with information is asked to email 101@dc.police.uk phone 101 or use webchat on the Devon and Cornwall police website, quoting crime CR/105603/21.

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