FAIRFIELD — Two New York men were taken into custody early on Aug. 17 for allegedly stealing used cooking oil from several local restaurants.

An officer spotted the men’s van, parked just past Dairy Queen, 1902 Post Road, around 4:42 a.m. When he approached the van, he could smell grease, and asked if they were stealing the used oil.

The driver, Guillermo Quezada, 20, allegedly shook his head “yes,” while his passenger, Linuel Reyes, 27, said “no.” They told police they worked for an oil recycling company out of Yonkers, N.Y., and they drive around with two 250-gallon barrels to collect the used cooking grease.

According to the report, they had taken used oil from Safita, Rawley’s, and Avellino’s, whose owners told police they did not have a contract with the company.

A total of 70 gallons of used oil, worth about $1,500, was taken, police said.

Quezada, who lives in New York City, as charged with fourth-degree larceny and second-degree forgery. Police said he had a fake Connecticut ID in his possession. Reyes, who lives in Bronx, N.Y., was charged with fourth-degree larceny.

Both were held on a $5,000 bond each and are scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Bridgeport Aug. 28.