Published: Nov 24, 2010 11:51 PM EST
Updated: Nov 24, 2010 8:57 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - A recent rash of restaurants being robbed of their used cooking oil has led to the hiring of former lawmen, including retired Texas rangers, to find the bad guys.

The rangers are meant to help expedite the process of finding who is stealing the grease from restaurants.

Recycling companies are hiring the 'bounty hunters' to get back what they lost, the cost of grease they have contracted.

The price of used cooking oil has risen to between $.25 and $1 per pound on the street, as the demand for bio deisel fuels have gone up.

Charlotte, Lee, and Collier counties have all seen their fair share of robberies in the past two years.

Restaurants are losing out as well, since the recycling companies would pay them to pick up the used oil.

Given the quick rising prices, these crimes are quickly adding up to felony cases.