A former pizza firm worker has been arrested after he was caught stuffing razor blades into dough offered at a grocery store in Maine, police mentioned.
The food-tampering incident got here to gentle after a buyer bought pizza dough at Hannaford Grocery store in Saco and found the sharp implements contained in the bundle Oct. 6, based on the Saco Police Department.
Surveillance footage confirmed a person — later recognized as Nicholas R. Mitchell — tampering with the packaging of Portland Pie Pizza merchandise within the retailer.
Police mentioned 38-year-old Mitchell was a former worker of the It’ll Be Pizza firm, which manufactures the dough.
Authorities referred to as on the general public Sunday for assist monitoring down Mitchell, who they mentioned left the shop in a 2005 silver or grey Toyota Camry.
Inside two hours, authorities tracked him to Dover, New Hampshire, round 50 miles away, police mentioned.
“This night the Dover, NH Police Division situated Nicholas Mitchell and took him into custody on the excellent warrant for his arrest within the Hannaford’s Portland Pie pizza dough razor blade case,” police mentioned.
No prices have been introduced within the case. It’s unclear what the motive was behind the alleged meals tampering.
Hannaford Supermarkets has recalled Portland Pie pizza dough and cheese offered within the deli at any location between Aug. 1 and Oct. 11. Prospects are urged to return the objects for a full refund.
“After what’s believed to be additional malicious tampering incidents involving steel objects inserted into Portland Pie merchandise, Hannaford has eliminated all Portland Pie merchandise from all retailer cabinets and has paused replenishment of the merchandise indefinitely,” the grocery retailer said in a statement.