Man suspected of putting razor blades in pizza dough to be arraigned in New Hampshire

Adella Miesner

The man accused of sticking razor blades in packages of pizza dough at the Hannaford Supermarket in Saco is expected to be arraigned through a remote court appearance in Dover, New Hampshire, Tuesday morning. Dover Police say Nicholas Mitchell was arrested at a home Sunday night and will be charged […]

The man accused of sticking razor blades in packages of pizza dough at the Hannaford Supermarket in Saco is expected to be arraigned through a remote court appearance in Dover, New Hampshire, Tuesday morning.

Dover Police say Nicholas Mitchell was arrested at a home Sunday night and will be charged as a fugitive of justice.

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He’s being held at the Strafford County Department of Corrections.

Saco Police say razor blades were found in pizza dough at stores in Sanford and Dover, in addition to three instances at the Saco Hannaford.

Hannaford Supermarkets is now recalling all Portland Pie cheese and Portland Pie fresh dough sold in the deli department at all stores. The recall initially involved only the store in Saco.

In the expanded recall notice posted Sunday, Hannaford said it has removed all Portland Pie products from store shelves and paused new deliveries of products after what is believed to be malicious tampering incidents involving razor blades inserted into products.

The Portland Pie dough is made at It’ll Be Pizza in Scarborough.

Saco police say Mitchell used to work there, although it is unclear when.

Jeff Perkins, owner of Portland Pie Company, sent WMTW News 8 a statement which reads, in part, “It’ll Be Pizza sells dough balls under the Portland Pie Company brand in retail locations throughout the northeast. This incident has no direct connection to Portland Pie Company restaurants or to any of our menu items. The suspect was an ex-employee of It’ll Be Pizza. It’ll Be Pizza has been working closely with law enforcement and its retail supermarket partners.”

Hannaford declined to comment beyond stating they were grateful for the work of law enforcement.

It’ll Be Pizza did not respond to a request for comment.

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