Man charged after Woolworths bread 'contaminated' with syringe

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A man has been charged after allegedly contaminating food with a syringe at a supermarket in Melbourne's north.

Police were called to the supermarket on Somerton Road in Roxburgh Park around 4.30pm on Tuesday after receiving reports of the man, 33, “behaving erratically.”

It is alleged the man entered the store and contaminated a food product by poking it with a syringe before fleeing.

Pictured is Woolworths in Roxburgh Park. Source; Googlemaps
Police were called to the supermarket on Somerton Road in Roxburgh Park on Tuesday after receiving reports of a man 'behaving erratically'. Source: Google Maps

The items, which included bread, have been removed from the store’s shelves.

Detectives raided a Craigieburn address on Wednesday morning and arrested the suspect, police confirmed.

He has since been charged with contaminating goods with the intention to cause and being reckless as to whether it would cause public alarm or economic loss.

The man is due to face Broadmeadows Magistrates' Court on Wednesday afternoon.

A Woolworths spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia they are aware of the incident and are helping police with their investigation.

A customer shops for bread in a supermarket: Source: Getty
The items, which included bread, have been removed from the store’s shelves. Source: Getty

“We removed all bread from the shelves last night. If customers have any concerns about bread purchased at the store yesterday, we would encourage them to return it to the store for a refund.

“Police attended the store and we have provided CCTV footage to help identify the man.”

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