Saturday, February 2, 2013
A Latino has been arrested for trying to steal 24 quarts of motor oil — strapped to his body and stuffed into his clothing
Jorge Sanchez, 35, was spotted trying to leave a Burbank Costco without paying for the oil. Store employees gave chase and officials lost Sanchez after he jumped a fence at the west side of the Costco parking lot. Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn said that nine of the 24 quarts were recovered during the foot chase. Authorities said that Sanchez walked into the Costco and went straight to the oil aisle. He grabbed a couple of cases and emptied them. Said Ryburn, “He proceeded to hide the quarts of oil in his pants, socks, and in his shirt.” Sanchez was later apprehended near Beachwood Drive and Monterey Avenue, about eight blocks from the store. Officials said that he was arrested on suspicion of burglary charges. Witnesses thought that the Hispanic was running funny and weren’t sure why. Police said that Sanchez was running funny because he still had 15 quarts of oil strapped to him. Police said that he used a bungee cord to strap the bottles down. What was the motive for this unusual crime? Ryburn said, “He apparently changes oil as his profession and it’s just too expensive.” When police searched Sanchez’ car, they found 50 more quarts of oil. They’re investigating if they were also stolen.