FAIRFIELD — Police took two would-be oil thieves into custody early Sunday morning, after an officer spotted them in the parking lot of a Kings Highway Japanese restaurant.

The officer saw two men with a flashlight in the rear of the Akita lot and stopped to question them. They said they were in the lot because one of them had to urinate. The cop did not detain the men but ran the registration plate on their van. Shortly after the two men drove away, the officer learned that there was absolutely no information for that registration plate and pulled them over as they were getting onto Interstate 95.

There was a strong odor of cooking oil coming from the van and the officer found four drums of used cooking oil: two full 55-gallon drums, and two 25-gallon drums, one of which was full, and the other half-filled. Inside the van, police also found a pair of cobalt bolt cutters and a gas siphon pump. Receipts from the New York City Oil Co., totaling $851, were found in the van’s center console.

Alexis Ferreira-Germosen, 30, of Yonkers, N.Y., and Joslin Ramirex-Bacilio, 37, of Union City, N.J., were each charged with conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny and criminal attempt to commit sixth-degree larceny. They were held on $5,000 bonds each and are scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Bridgeport Feb. 21

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