From the Harford County Sheriff’s Office:
On June 23, 2014 the Harford County Sheriff’s was contacted by a used a cooking oil recycling company in Baltimore in reference to suspected thefts that were occurring in Harford County. The owners told the deputy they’ve been in business for six years, and had recently seen a significant drop in oil returns, an estimated $1 million in losses.
On June 24, 2014 the Harford County Sheriff’s Office was alerted that one of the company’s oil trucks had made an unscheduled stop on Oak Avenue in Joppa, MD. Deputies responded and found the truck backed up to a garage owned by Richard Figueroa of Hunt Valley, MD. The driver, Cristian Cardona of Baltimore, MD, told deputies he was there to visit a friend. Figueroa told deputies Cardona was there to pick up waste, however the gauges on the truck indicated it was full.
Through the course of the investigation, it was determined the truck stopped at that garage more than 40 times between April and June. Deputies also determined that Cardona and another driver, Wilson Gutierrez of Baltimore, would offload the oil from their trucks in exchange for money. The truck would then be filled with waste from a refinery found in the garage, so it appeared the truck was full when it returned to the recycler.
After being refined in the garage, Figueroa shipped the stolen cooking oil out of state to be converted into Bio-Diesel. Figueroa, Cardona and Gutierrez were all charged via summons on September 15, 2014.