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FBI Catches California Man Accused Of Pouring Bleach Onto Food At Grocery Stores

David Clare Lohr is also accused of pouring hydrogen peroxide either near or on rotisserie chickens at a California supermarket shortly before his arrest.

By Jill Sederstrom
David Clare Lohr

A California man was caught by the FBI after allegedly pouring bleach on food at several Southern California grocery stores.

David Clare Lohr, 48, was apprehended Wednesday by the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department after deputies received a report that a man had been spreading white powder and hydrogen peroxide on a public bus. The powder was later determined to be salt.

Deputies discovered Lohr, who authorities believed is a transient, was also wanted by the FBI for a string of incidents where he allegedly poured bleach on food items, including ice, alcoholic beverages and packaged frozen food, and took him into custody.

“The FBI in Los Angeles was recently notified by supermarket investigators of a man seen on videotape entering some of their markets who then obtained bleach readily available on shelves and proceeded to pour the bleach in freezers that contained packaged consumer products,” the FBI said in a statement.

Deputies also learned that Lohr had allegedly poured hydrogen peroxide either near or on rotisserie chickens, ABC News reports.

The alleged crimes reportedly began back in December and occurred in supermarkets in Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach and West Los Angles, according to KTLA.

In one instance, Lohr is seen on surveillance footage emptying a bottle of bleach into a refrigerator containing cases of beer. In another, he’s seen pouring it on a bag of ice.

Customers shopping in the stores reported smelling bleach and the effected items were destroyed.

There have been “no known reports of individuals sickened by Lohr’s actions”, according to a statement from the FBI obtained by ABC News. Investigators are continuing their investigation to determine the extent of Lohr’s actions and are asking anyone who may have information about the case to contact authorities.

[Photo: FBI]

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