Three suspected of trying to steal restaurant grease

CONYERS -- Three North Carolina men were arrested Dec. 28 after they were witnessed in an alleged attempt to steal used cooking oil from two area restaurants.

Officers with the Conyers Police Department were notified of the possible thefts by the manager at Sonny's BBQ on Ga. Highway 20, who had been alerted by employees at Conyers Honda nearby.

A police officer caught up with the three suspects, who were driving a small U-Haul truck, in the Hunting Creek shopping center. One of the suspects reportedly told the officer that they were contractors for Hulsey Environmental Services, an oil removal company. He allegedly said they had stopped behind Sonny's and opened the oil bin but didn't take the oil because Sonny's is not a Hulsey customer. He allegedly added that he believed the bin behind Frontera in the Hunting Creek shopping center was a Hulsey bin, but they had not been able to open it.

Another officer who arrived on the scene called an employee with Hulsey, who reportedly said that Hulsey did not have contracts to pick up oil at Sonny's or Frontera.

A search of the U-Haul revealed a plastic bag containing suspected marijuana; six bins such as those used by lawn maintenance crews full of used cooking oil; and bolt cutters, a pry bar, a propane tank, a hack saw, and two adjustable wrenches.

The three men arrested were identified as: Reginal Turwaine Flemmings, 43, of 1139 Zinnia Ct., Wilmington, N.C.; Michael Leroy Daniels, 30, of 11763 Old Lake Road, Riegalwood, N.C.; and Nicholas Antonio Hall, 20, of 115 Munn Lane, Riegalwood, N.C. Each suspect was charged with criminal attempt to commit a misdemeanor, possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce and possession of tools for commission of a crime. Flemings and Daniels also face a charge of loitering and prowling, and Flemings faces additional charges of making false statements and concealment of facts.