Men charged by Shrewsbury police following used cooking oil theft


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SHREWSBURY – Two men face charges after they allegedly stole used cooking oil from a Shrewsbury business.

Shrewsbury police have charged Gregorix Jimenez Cruz, 24, of Yonkers, N.Y., and Jefry Reyes Castillo, 23, of Yonkers, N.Y., have been charged with felony larceny over $1,200, felony breaking and entering a building during daytime and felony vandalizing property.

According to the statement of facts filed in Westborough District Court against Jimenez Cruz, Shrewsbury police responded to the 300 block of Maple Avenue at 8:53 a.m. Feb. 16.

Police were told that there was a larceny of used cooking oil in progress. The caller reportedly saw on camera that there were two men in a van breaking into the used oil container.

The caller told police that the men used a tool to pry the lock open, which they damaged and discarded to gain access.

After the caller told officers that the van left, an officer saw the van drive through the intersection of Route 9 and Lake Street.

“I immediately recognized the van from previous reports at the same location,” police wrote in court documents.

Police pulled the van over near the intersection of Route 9 and Madison Place. The officer wrote that the two occupants – Jimenez Cruz and Reyes Castillo – were dressed in black and “covered in cooking oil residue.”

In the van, police allegedly located “large containers” of cooking oil, hoses and other tools.

The pair were arraigned in Westborough District Court on Feb. 16. The judge set bail for Jimenez Cruz at $2,500 surety bond or $250 cash. Reyes Castillo was released on his own recognizance.

They will return to court on April 13.