Extortionist poisons food
A man has slipped a potentially lethal poison into food, including baby food, on sale in some German supermarkets in an extortion scheme aimed at raising millions of euros, police said yesterday, although no cases of poisoning had been reported so far.
Police said the alleged perpetrator had emailed them after placing poison in products in some southern German supermarkets earlier this month, and was now threatening to do so nationwide and elsewhere in Europe unless given a payoff of many millions.
Police were looking for a male suspect seen in security video from one of the supermarkets in a town near Konstanz, who appeared to be about 50. The footage was made public to help in the search. They also said they had found some baby food spiked with ethylene glycol, a colourless, odourless liquid used in antifreeze, which could be deadly if consumed.