Ex­tor­tion­ist poi­sons food

Otago Daily Times - - The World -

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.

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