Former employee of pizza company allegedly put razor blades in dough sold at Maine grocery store


The former employee of a pizza supply company was arrested in New Hampshire on Sunday for allegedly putting razor blades in pizza dough sold at a Maine grocery store, authorities said.

Nicholas Mitchell, 38, faces charges of being a fugitive after surveillance footage captured him inside the Hannaford supermarket in Saco, south Portland, Saco Police Department. Said Chief Corey Huntress.

The grocery store contacted authorities on Oct. 6 after a customer found razor blades in paste that had been purchased at the store, the department said in a statement.

Mitchell was taken into custody in Dover, about 45 minutes south of Saco, the department said.

In a statement Monday, the CEO of the sourcing company, It’ll Be Pizza, described Mitchell as a former employee. CEO Mike White said the Hannaford supermarket – which has locations across Maine – has issued a recall for the brand of paste Mitchell allegedly put the razor blades in.

The sourcing company had asked other retail distributors to issue recalls from Aug.1 to Oct.11 as well, White said.

It was not immediately clear why Mitchell was no longer working for the company. The statement said White would not provide further details due to an ongoing police investigation.

Huntress said Mitchell was being held at Strafford County Jail in New Hampshire, where he faces fugitive charges. If Mitchell is extradited to Maine, he will face additional charges there, Huntress said.

It was not clear if Mitchell had a lawyer. Huntress said investigators had yet to identify a potential motive.


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