The Metropolitan Police has opened an investigation into a series of thefts that has seen commercial catering equipment stolen from fast food restaurants across southern England.
Operation GREVE has been set up to examine more than 50 burglaries involving restaurants targeted for their deep fat fryers.
Police have so far recovered 11 deep fat fryers, a juice maker and an ice-cream machine as a result of the operation. A cash register, a quantity of safes and two stolen motor vehicles have also been retrieved.
Police have urged restaurants to ensure their CCTV systems are working and take measures to protect their equipment.
“Owners of Henny Penny/Fastron deep fat fryers or other expensive cooking equipment are advised to individually mark their property with a post code to make them easily identifiable and record all serial numbers,” they said.
The modus operandi used by the burglars has been o force entry into premises between 4am and 8am. Once inside they remove fryers and safes, and the contents of tills, before loading the items into a waiting transit van.
Police say two males have so far been arrested and are currently on bail. The investigation is ongoing.