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KENNER, La. -- An off-duty officer arrested a New Orleans man in the act of stealing used cooking grease from a Kenner restaurant Wednesday.

Kenner Police Department Sgt. Brian McGregor said an off-duty officer saw Frank Nelson, 57, pull his truck into the parking lot of Kenner Seafood in the 3100 block of Loyola Drive.

The detective, who McGregor said was familiar with recent grease thefts in the area, saw Nelson had a storage tank and hoses. When Nelson attempted to remove the grease, McGregor said, the detective put him under arrest.

The restaurant said Nelson wasn't contracted to remove the grease and that he was trespassing.

The police department says the value of used cooking grease has risen to 'historic highs' recently, leading to a rise in thefts.

Nelson faces charges of felony attempted theft, criminal trespassing and no driver's license.

He has prior arrests for criminal trespassing, illegal possession of stolen things, theft, simple burglary, aggravated burglary, unauthorized use of an access card, resisting an officer, DWI and armed robbery.

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