A Californian man was arrested on Thursday for allegedly trying to steal 24 quarts of motor oil strapped to his body and stuffed into his clothing. Jorge Sanchez, 35, was spotted at about 4:30pm trying to leave a Burbank Costco without paying for the oil.
Authorities said Sanchez walked into the Costco and went straight to the oil aisle. He allegedly grabbed a couple of cases and emptied them. Store employees gave chase and officials said they lost Sanchez after he jumped a fence at the side of the Costco parking lot.
Police said Sanchez was running funny because he still had 15 quarts of oil strapped to him. He had used bungee cords to strap the bottles down. Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn said that nine of the 24 quarts were recovered during the foot chase. Ryburn said: “He proceeded to hide the quarts of oil in his pants, socks, and in his shirt.”
Sanchez was apprehended about eight blocks from the store. He was arrested on suspicion of burglary charges. Asked if police could give a 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.