Ex-pizza worker arrested for putting razor blades in dough sold at supermarkets

A former pizza company worker has been arrested after he was allegedly caught on camera stuffing razor blades into dough sold at a supermarket.

Police say Nicholas R. Mitchell has been identified from footage that shows a man tampering with the packaging of Portland Pie Pizza products in the store in Maine, New Hampshire.

Officers say the 38-year-old used to work for It’ll Be Pizza company, which manufactures the dough.

His alleged actions came to light after a customer who bought the pizza dough at Hannaford Supermarket in Saco found the razor blades on October 6, Saco Police Department said.

A warrant was issued for his arrest and he was apprehended on Monday.

A statement posted by Saco Police on their Facebook page reads: “New Hampshire Police Department located Nicholas Mitchell and took him into custody on the outstanding warrant for his arrest in the Hannaford’s Portland Pie pizza dough razor blade case.”

The motive for Mitchell’s alleged actions are unclear but they have resulted in Hannaford Supermarkets recalling all Portland Pie pizza dough and cheese sold anywhere between August 1 and October 11.

Customers will be given a refund.

Police said in their statement: “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.”