Grease thieves make slick getaway
2 men allegedly take waste from outside Covington restaurant
Daniel Park is the owner of Tiffany's Hometown Buffet on Emory Street Northwest in Covington.

COVINGTON, Ga. – Thieves using a rented van slipped away with grease valued at $125 from Tiffany’s Hometown Buffet early Friday morning, police said.

Daniel Toney, an employee of Hulsey Environmental, the company responsible for collecting the grease from the grease trap at the restaurant, told police about 55 gallons of grease were missing.

Restaurant surveillance video reportedly showed a Home Depot rental van pulling up at about 5:18 a.m. Dec. 1 and leaving four minutes later.

The restaurant is at 4122 Emory St. NW.

According to a Covington police report, the recording showed a subject wearing a hoodie walk up to the grease trap and look inside. The subject then signaled to the driver of the van to back up. Once the van backed up all the way, the rear doors were opened.

At 5:22 a.m., the subject in the hoodie closed the rear van doors and got into the passenger side of the van and left.

According to the report, a restaurant employee told police a subject had been seen several days earlier walking up to the grease trap, looking inside, then walking away.

A CPD spokesman said there are no suspects in the theft.