Man arrested for stuffing razor blades into consumers' pizza dough

A man was arrested after he was reportedly caught inserting razor blades into pizza dough that was then sold to customers, according to Saco police in Maine.
The incident occurred on October 6th when the Saco Hannaford Supermarket in Saco, Maine, near Kennebunkport and Portland, notified the Saco Police Department of an alleged food tampering incident.
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The customer reportedly bought a Portland Pizza Pie Dough and later found an unknown number of razor blades in the product, according to a statement from the Saco Police Department.
The grocery store opened its own investigation and checked the store security surveillance footage that led them to Nicholas R. Mitchell, whom they allegedly caught tampering with the packaging of several Portland Pizza Pie Doughs.
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"Nicholas Mitchell is a former employee of It’ll be Pizza Company, which makes Portland pie," said the Saco Police Department.
Authorities immediately released a physical description of Mitchell and a description of his car in a call to the public to help them track down the suspect as soon as possible. They were able to arrest him in Dover, New Hampshire, about two hours, about 50 miles away, according to a separate police statement announcing his arrest.
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PHOTO: Nicholas Mitchell was taken into custody by Dover Police in New Hampshire on October 11 on the pending warrant in the Portland Pie Pizza Dough Razor Blade in Hannaford. (Saco Police Department)
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"Tonight the Dover, NH Police Department located Nicholas Mitchell and detained him on the pending warrant at the Hannaford Portland Pizza Pizza Dough Razor," Saco Police Department said in a statement.
It is unclear what motivations Mitchell had in this case or whether he was specifically targeting anyone.
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According to Hannaford, customers who purchased Portland Pie Pizza Dough and Portland Pie Cheese sold at the deli in a Hannaford store between August 1, 2020 and October 11, 2020 should not consume the products and may want to ingest them entirely return the business refund.
Customers are also encouraged to check storage areas, including freezers, for products that may have been purchased and frozen during this period.
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"Hannaford Supermarkets has issued a recall on all Portland pie cheese and Portland pie fresh batter sold in the deli," the Hannaford statement said. "Following further suspected tampering incidents involving metal objects used in Portland Pie products, Hannaford has removed all Portland Pie products from all store shelves and indefinitely suspended supplies."
No injuries or illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall and the case is currently under investigation.
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