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Worker who put RAZOR blades in supermarket pizza weeps as he is jailed for nearly five years 

New Hampshire man who stuffed RAZOR blades into pizzas at supermarkets out of revenge after the pie company fired him weeps as he is jailed for nearly five years

  • Nicholas R. Mitchell, of Dover, New Hampshire, put razor blades in pizza dough
  • He tampered with products of the ‘It’ll be Pizza’ company after it fired him
  • He was arrested in October 2020 after a customer found razor blades in a pizza 
  • Hannaford Supermarket in Saco, Maine, was forced recall all products 
  • He was sentenced to four years in prison yesterday after pleading guilty 


A man accused of stuffing razor blades and screws into pizza dough at supermarkets in Maine and New Hampshire was sentenced Thursday to four years and nine months in federal prison.

Nicholas Mitchell, 39, was found guilty of tampering with goods after three customers bought tainted products in the Hannaford Supermarket in Saco, Maine, and discovered blades hidden inside, prosecutors said. 

It came after Mitchell was fired by his employer ‘It’ll be Pizza’, which provides the pizza dough for several companies. 

Product tampering also occurred at Hannaford stores in Sanford, Maine, and Dover, New Hampshire, prompting investigations by police departments in those communities.

Although no one was injured, the crime was dangerous and spread fear in the community, the judge said, sentencing him to four years in prison and ordered him to pay nearly $230,000 in restitution to Hannaford Supermarkets.

Mitchell tearfully apologised for his actions after being sentenced, and insisted he did it to get back at the pizza dough company that fired him, not to hurt anybody.

This booking photo shows Nicholas Mitchell, 39, who was accused of putting razor blades in pizza dough at a Hannaford supermarkets in Maine and New Hampshire. He was sentenced Thursday Dec. 2, 2021 to four years and nine months in federal prison.

A customer discovered razor blades inside the dough of a pizza he bought at Hannaford Supermarket in Saco, Maine, and alerted the authorities. Mitchell is seen here on security footage tampering with the packaging of several Portland Pie Pizza doughs. Mitchell is a former associate of "It'll be Pizza company" who manufactures products for Portland Pie.

A customer discovered razor blades inside the dough of a pizza he bought at Hannaford Supermarket in Saco, Maine, and alerted the authorities. Mitchell is seen here on security footage tampering with the packaging of several Portland Pie Pizza doughs. Mitchell is a former associate of ‘It’ll be Pizza company’ who manufactures products for Portland Pie.

Police arrested Mitchell in October 2020 after a customer at the Hannaford Supermarket discovered razor blades in a pizza from the Portland Pie Company. 

Mitchell was later arrested when police saw security footage of him handling pizza dough and loitering around a refrigerated case in Hannaford Supermarket before exiting the store without buying anything.

Mitchell was a former employee of ‘It’ll Be Pizza’, a company headquartered in Scarborough, Maine which makes several brands of dough, including the Portland Pie Co. dough that was tampered with.

Mitchell, 39, was arrested last year after customers bought tainted products in the Hannaford Supermarket in Saco, Maine (pictured) and discovered blades hidden inside, prosecutors said.

Mitchell, 39, was arrested last year after customers bought tainted products in the Hannaford Supermarket in Saco, Maine (pictured) and discovered blades hidden inside, prosecutors said.

Mitchell (pictured) is a former associate of 'It'll be Pizza company,' which manufactures products for Portland Pie Company

Mitchell (pictured) is a former associate of ‘It’ll be Pizza company,’ which manufactures products for Portland Pie Company

Court documents indicated Mitchell’s life spiralled out of control during the pandemic when his girlfriend, a self-employed hair stylist, was out of work and Mitchell was arrested following a domestic disturbance, leaving him homeless and living in his car. 

He was then fired from his job at It’ll Be Pizza, which he later cited as the motivation behind his crime. 

Thursday’s sentencing of Mitchell followed an agreement with prosecutors in which he pleaded guilty in June to one of two counts of tampering with a consumer product.

Under the agreement, Mitchell agreed not to appeal a sentence that is no greater than four years and nine months, according to court documents. 

The hearing proceeded even though Mitchell was recovering from a recent bout of COVID-19 contracted in jail. 

The maximum penalty for product tampering is 10 years in prison.  

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