Razor blades found in pizza dough leads to N.H. man's arrest
Razor blades found in pizza dough leads to N.H. man’s arrest
Nicholas Mitchell (Dover police)

Jeff McMenemy | Fosters.com
The Providence Journal, R.I.

DOVER — Dover police arrested a man Sunday evening wanted in connection with an incident in Saco, Maine, for allegedly putting razor blades in pizza dough.

Dover police Lt. Brant Dolleman said Monday a Dover officer arrested Nicholas R. Mitchell, 38, about 6:30 p.m. Sunday on a warrant.

Mitchell has been charged with being a fugitive from justice, Dolleman said, and he is being held without bail.

Mitchell is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Dover Circuit Court because Monday is a holiday, police said.

“There’s no local charges at this time,” Dolleman said. “However if anybody in Dover has anything to report about someone tampering with food, they should contact us immediately.”

Saco police posted on their Facebook page about the incident, stating Hannaford Supermarket in Saco notified the department about “a suspected incident of tampering with food items.”

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

Saco police identified the suspect as Mitchell, who they said is “a former associate of the It’ll be Pizza company, which manufactures products for Portland Pie.”

Hannaford on Sunday issued a recall for all Portland Pie dough and cheese products sold between Aug. 1 and Oct. 11 at its 184 stores in New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

The grocery store chain said that “out of an abundance of caution, Hannaford has expanded its recall for Portland Pie pizza dough to include all Portland Pie branded products at all Hannaford stores,” said spokeswoman Ericka Dodge.

Saco police issued a warrant for Mitchell’s arrest and asked the public’s help in locating him.

A Dover female police officer arrested Mitchell on the fugitive from justice warrant, Dolleman said.

“She was looking for him because she knew he was wanted,” and eventually located him at a Dover address and arrested him, Dolleman said.

Police declined to release the officer’s name based on their standard procedure.

This case remains under investigation. Saco police are asking anyone who has purchased Portland Pie Pizza dough and has found razor blades inside the dough to call the department at (207) 282-8216.

Material from the Associated Press is used in this report.

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