A Bellville, Illinois man was arrested this week for sticking needles into meat packages at the local Shop-n-Save.
Ronald Avers hid the needles in his oxygen tank apparatus and slipped them into various packages in the meat cooler.
Avers said he did it, “Just for the hell of it.”
Ronald G. Avers is being held in jail pending his court appearance on Monday.
CBS Local reported:
A 68-year-old Illinois man was jailed without bond Thursday after being accused by federal prosecutors of inserting sewing needles into a packaged meat “just for the hell of it” at a grocery store in his hometown for more than a year.
The criminal complaint filed Wednesday against Ronald Avers said one buyer of boneless chuck roast at the Shop `n Save store in Belleville just east of St. Louis later bit into one of the needles, and a needle slipped into a steak stuck another customer.
SuperValu Inc., the Minnesota-based corporate parent of the Shop `n Save chain, stressed that none of the cases resulted in serious injury, and that the alleged tampering was isolated to only the meat section of one store…
…After buying various items, Cook said, the man was approached by investigators outside the store and allowed them to search his truck, where an open package of sewing needles was found in a center console. Identifying himself as Ronald Avers, Cook wrote, the man insisted he kept the needles on hand to mend pants he tore while camping, then gradually acknowledged he used the needles more inappropriately.
“`Every now and then I would stick one in a hamburger,”‘ Cook quoted Avers as saying before the man expounded, “`Mostly hamburger, a couple of times I did it with a roast, maybe a pork chop every now and then.”‘
Avers insisted he had no justification for such tampering, calling it a “stupid idea,” Cook wrote.
“Avers said during the interview two times he inserted sewing needles into packaged meat products, `just for the hell of it.”‘
Hat Tip Banafsheh Zand