Forbes March, a British-Canadian actor, has been charged with grand larceny in connection with allegations that he stole used cooking oil from a diner.
According to Deadline, the 49-year-old actor was arrested on March 2 in Hudson County, New York, in connection with the alleged theft of the oil, which authorities estimated was worth more than $1,000.
According to the Ulster Police Department, the actor, who was born in England and reared in Canada, and a man named Oscar Guardado, 30, stole the oil from a storage container by siphoning it from Buffalo Biodiesel, which collects spent cooking oil from restaurants in 12 states.
The container was being kept behind the restaurant Michael’s Diner, authorities said.
March most famously played the role of Nash Brennan on 208 episodes of One Life to Live from 2005–2008.
March – who has also worked on shows such as As the World Turns, Mutant X, and All My Children and Guardado were both released from custody after being arrested, police told the outlet.
Both individuals are scheduled to appear in Town of Ulster Court on counts of fourth degree grand larceny.
Stealing of old oil, which may be used to make biofuels, has increased in the Northeast of the United States in recent years as fuel prices have risen.
According to KTLA, Buffalo Biodiesel president Sumit Majumdar stated in November that the amount of oil thefts has been “ballooning” in recent years.
‘It’s wiping out a third of our business,’ Majumdar said. ‘To put that into numbers: $10 million to $15 million a year.’
March is the owner of a business named The New York Firewood Company, which delivers firewood for home and restaurants from his ‘small farm in the Catskills, 10 Minutes from the old Woodstock Site,’ according to the company’s site.
Said the company: ‘We currently deliver 4 days per week through all of Central and Northern NJ from Mahwah, South to the Staten Island line, and once every 2-3 weeks to Monmouth, Burlington, Ocean, and Camden Counties.
‘In New York, we deliver to Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Westchester, Bronx, Queens, Richmond, and Nassau counties.’