The community of Saco, Maine can rest a little easier knowing the man behind a disturbing chain of events is in police custody.
38-year-old Nicholas Mitchell was arrested by the Dover, N.H. police department on Sunday, October 11, 2020.
On October 6, 2020, the Saco Hannaford Supermarket notified the Saco Police Department of a suspected incident of tampering with food items. A customer had purchased a Portland Pie Pizza dough and located razor blades inside the dough. The review of store security surveillance footage revealed a person tampered with the packaging of several Portland Pie Pizza doughs.
In a press release , Hannaford Supermarket issued a recall for all Portland Pie cheese and Portland Pie fresh dough sold in the deli department.
"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 and broadened the timeframe. Portland Pie branded products are supplied by ‘It’ll be Pizza’ based in Scarborough, ME."
Thanks to the Hannaford Supermarket video surveillance footage, Nicholas R. Mitchell was later identified as the man tampering with the packaging of Portland Pie Pizza products in the store.
Mitchell is a former associate of “It’ll be Pizza company” who manufactures products for Portland Pie. Saco deputy police Chief Corey Huntress told NECN that similar incidents with razor blades were being investigated at Hannaford stores in both Sanford, Maine, and Dover, N.H.
The Saco Police Department already had a warrant for the arrest of Nicholas R Mitchell and appealed to the community for help in locating him. In less than two hours, they posted an update that Mitchell had been apprehended.
The case remains under investigation.
Police say if you have purchased Portland Pie pizza dough and have found razor blades inside the dough, call the Saco Police Department's Detective Division at 207-282-8216.