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Food possibly tampered with at several Valley Target stores

Posted at 6:09 PM, Oct 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-31 19:20:11-04

A man has been arrested for allegedly tampering with food products at several Valley Target stores.

According to a release from Target, the Arizona Attorney General's Office, Phoenix police and the company's security team worked together to apprehend a suspect who tried to tamper with products at multiple Valley stores. 

A company spokesperson said no illnesses have been reported to Target and all potentially impacted products from local stores were removed "out of an abundance of caution for our guests."

Target officials say there was potential tampering of frozen pizzas, ice cream, fresh beef, pork, and chicken products at the following stores:  

  • Uptown Camelback (1625 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85016)
  • Arcadia Crossing (4515 E. Thomas Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85018)
  • Ahwatukee (4734 E. Ray Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85044)
  • Tempe (1818 E. Baseline Rd. Tempe, AZ 85283)
  • Chandler West Santan (3425 W. Frye Rd. Chandler, AZ 85226)
  •  Scottsdale (9000 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85250)

Phoenix police also said the 48-year-old suspect, David C. Lohr, is believed to be connected to an incident Tuesday where an Ahwatukee Target was evacuated after the suspect poured liquid onto items in the store.

Anyone who believes they may have bought the potentially impacted products, they are asked to dispose of them and contact Target's Guest Relations at 1-800-440-0680 for refund and assistance. Officials believe the risk to consumers is "very low."

"At this time, we don’t believe that other products or products purchased at any other Target stores are impacted," a spokesperson said in a release.

"It's scary, it's terrifying if you're just going out trying to buy dinner and someone could be messing with it," said Elizabeth Kraft, a Target shopper.