Police arrest a man responsible for cooking oil larcenies

Samuel Melo-Cruz was arrested on January 4.
Samuel Melo-Cruz was arrested on January 4.(East Lyme police)
Published: Jan. 4, 2023 at 2:18 PM EST
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EAST LYME, CT. (WFSB) - A suspicious vehicle was spotted behind the Great Wall Chinese Food restaurant.

Samuel Melo-Cruz was arrested January 4, for cooking oil thefts from places including the restaurant mentioned above.

A short time later, the vehicle was observed traveling north on Flanders Road.

Police conducted a motor vehicle stop and found burglary tools related to cooking oil.

They also found four large plastic containers with some cooking oil in them.

Melo-Cruz was charged and released on a $1,500 non-surety bond.

He is scheduled to appear in New London Superior Court on January 25.