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Man Accused Of Food Tampering At Phoenix Area Grocery Stores

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A State Grand Jury has indicted a man for his alleged involvement in tampering with food items at multiple retail stores within the Phoenix metropolitan area.

The indictment announced by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich alleges between October 1, 2018 and October 29, 2018, suspect David Clare Lohr tampered with food items at seven different Valley stores.

At some of the locations, Lohr is accused of pouring bleach or hydrogen peroxide on the food items.

According to a written news release from Brnovich's office, the stores were located in Tempe, Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Chandler. It is believed the tampered food was discovered prior to anyone consuming the items. No individuals have reported any illness associated with the consumption of the tampered items.

Brnovich said Lohr is facing 10 felony counts in the case.

Lohr was first arrested in October of 2018, and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office charged him with criminal damage. After Lohr was released from custody, he went to California. In February 2019, the FBI arrested him for allegedly tampering with consumer products.

Lohr is currently in federal custody. The Attorney General’s Office has placed a retainer on Lohr. Once his federal case concludes, he will be transferred back to Arizona to answer for his state charges.