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Two Men Charged With the Theft of Used Cooking Oil in Wayne


“ By: Yuritza Arroyo

On Thursday, May 4th, at approximately 7:09 AM, Wayne Police Officer William Hall conducted a traffic stop of a van for multiple motor vehicle violations.

According to officials, upon contacting the van's occupants, Officer Hall detected the cooking oil odor.

Officials say he further observed that the occupant's clothing appeared covered in oil, and they were wearing rubber gloves with a visible sheen.

Knowing there have been many used cooking oil thefts from restaurants in the area, Officer Hall requested backup, and Officers Dennis Sagvay and Nicole Mott responded.

Further investigation revealed that one of the occupants, Tysheem Goode, was wanted by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office for the theft of used cooking oil.

According to authorities, Mr. Goode was placed under arrest. When questioned, Mr. Goode admitted that a tank in the van's rear contained stolen cooking oil.

The other occupant, Rasheed Wright, was then placed under arrest. After being placed in a Wayne Police vehicle, Mr. Wright began kicking the interior of the door violently, causing substantial damage.

Authorities say it was discovered that Mr. Wright had spit and urinated in the police vehicle.

Sergeant Corey Stevens responded to the scene and followed the transporting vehicles to police headquarters.

At headquarters, Sergeant Stevens advised Mr. Wright that he would be placed in leg shackles due to his violent behavior. Mr. Wright resisted being placed in shackles and had to be brought to the ground.

Mr. Wright refused to walk and had to be carried into headquarters for processing. During processing, Mr. Wright threatened to kill Officer Hall.

Arrested: Tysheem Goode, age 30, of Newark. He was charged with Receiving Stolen Property and turned over to detectives of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.

Rasheed Wright, age 33, of Plainfield, was charged with Receiving Stolen Property, Criminal Mischief, Resisting Arrest, Terroristic Threats, and Obstructing a Governmental Function.

Mr. Wright was charged on a complaint warrant and placed in Passaic County Jail pending a detention hearing.