Police arrested a man they say put broken blades in supermarket pizza dough as ‘malicious tampering’

Cashiers ring out customers at the Hannaford supermarket in Scarborough on Friday, March 27, 2020. Hannaford stores have installed plexiglass barriers at the cash registers as a safety precaution for cashiers and customers during the coronavirus outbreak. Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images
  • A man was arrested Monday on the suspicion of putting razor blades in pizza dough at a supermarket in Maine, authorities said.
  • After a customer noticed “razor blades inside the dough,” police identified Nicholas Mitchell, 38, as a suspect who “tampered with the packaging of several Portland Pie Pizza doughs.”
  • Hannaford grocery store in Saco, Maine asked customers to return the products purchased between August 1 and October 11 for a full refund.
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Police in New Hampshire arrested a 38-year-old man who they say injected razor blades into pizza doughs at a supermarket in Maine, authorities said.

On Oct. 6, Nicholas Mitchell was caught on security cameras allegedly tampering with Portland Pie Pizza doughs at Hannaford grocery store in Saco, Maine, according to the city’s police department.

“A customer had purchased a Portland Pie Pizza dough and located razor blades inside the dough,” police said. “The review of store security surveillance footage revealed a person tampered with the packaging of several Portland Pie Pizza doughs.”

NECN reported that authorities recovered two bags of pizza dough with the blades inside.

“They were broken blades,” said Saco Deputy Police Chief Corey Huntress told NECN. The police chief told the news outlet on Monday that the sharp objects are under investigation at other grocery store locations in Maine, and Dover, New Hampshire, NECN reported.

Mitchell, according to police, is a former employee of Portland Pie Pizza’s manufacturing company, “It will be Pizza.” He was arrested on Monday evening by the Dover, New Hampshire Police Department.

Hannaford Supermarkets recalled the products from its shelves at all locations and asked customers who brought it between August 1 and October 11 to return the item to the store for a full refund.

“Hannaford Supermarkets has issued a recall for all Portland Pie cheese and Portland Pie fresh dough sold in the deli department,” the grocery store wrote in a press release. “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.

Injuries related to this case have not been reported, according to the supermarket.

According to NECN, Mitchell’s motive is unknown and charges against him have yet to be announced.

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