Police in southwest Maine arrested a man who is accused of stuffing razor blades into packages of pizza dough that were sold to customers last week.
The disturbing incident happened at the Saco Hannaford Supermarket and came to light after a customer reported finding multiple blades inside the product on Oct. 6, authorities said.
The grocery store, located in the city of Saco, reviewed surveillance footage and learned a man had tampered with several packages of Portland Pie pizza dough, according to police. The videos helped investigators identify the suspect as 38-year-old Nicholas Mitchell, a former associate of “It’ll Be Pizza,” which supplies products for Portland Pie, the Soca Police Department said in a news release.
The man’s motive remains under investigation.
Mitchell was taken into custody Sunday evening on a charge of being a fugitive from justice. He was arrested shortly after police shared his description and a photo of his vehicle on Facebook.
No injuries or illnesses have been reported so far, but the store has issued a full recall for Portland Pie products.
“After what is believed to be further malicious tampering incidents involving metal objects inserted into Portland Pie products, Hannaford has removed all Portland Pie products from all store shelves and has paused replenishment of the products indefinitely,” the company said in a statement.
The recall covers all Portland Pie pizza dough and cheese sold at the store between Aug. 1 and Oct. 11. Customers should not consume any of those products and may return the items to the store for a full refund, company officials said.
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