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Police Investigating Vegetable Oil Theft

The following is an excerpt from the Salem Police. Where charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

The Salem Police responded to the following calls on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tuesday, Oct. 23

4:20 p.m. — Larceny of vegetable oil was reported on Essex Street. Police said the caller reported he owns a company that reclaims vegetable oil from restaurants and he had "two 30-gallon drums of waste vegetable oil stolen from a competitor from the garage area of the Museum Place Mall." Police caught the act on surveillance footage, and they are investigating the incident.

4:32 p.m. — A past break-in was reported on Federal Street.

7:30 p.m. – Police said a past sexual assault was reported on Church Street.

7:36 p.m. — Larceny of a GPS was reported on Boardman Street.

11:14 p.m. — A loud group in the street was reported on Harbor Street. Police said they weren't able to locate the disturbance.

Wednesday, Oct. 24

12:04 a.m. — A possible fire outside was reported on Traders Way. Police said they responded to the area behind TJMaxx where they found four paper towel rolls burning with an aerosol container in the middle. The fire was away from the building and was "doused quickly." The police and fire departments are investigating the incident.

7:08 a.m. — A Gardner Street resident reported she found a man in her garage. Police said the person appeared to be sleeping and left when confronted. Police weren't able to locate the man.

9:53 a.m. — A dispute over a car was reported on Lemon Street.

12:11 p.m. — Lost or stolen rings were reported on Highland Avenue.

12:50 p.m. — A stolen hose was reported on Sutton Avenue.

2:09 p.m. — A woman reported her wallet was stolen while she was boarding the train at the MBTA station during rush hour.

For questions email salem@patch.com.

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