According to the SGV Tribune, Southland restaurants are falling victim to an odd crime, grease thefts.

Thieves are breaking into used fry oil vats at restaurants and stealing the liquid gold.  With warm temperatures, the oil stays in it's liquid state and transports easily.  

Thieves stand to make any where between $200 to $1,000 for recycling the oil.

Companies that process kitchen grease and sell it as an animal feed supplement or as bio-fuel are losing millions of dollars a year to the black market.

Read more at the SGV Tribune