Yarmouth County RCMP is investigating a suspicious incident where a needle was found in a potato yesterday.
On Thursday, November 20, Yarmouth County RCMP was called to the Co-op Store in Lower West Pubnico where the store manager turned over a russet potato, a customer had just returned, that had a needle inside it.
It was determined the potato was purchased from a company in Prince Edward Island. Further investigation revealed the potatoes were sold in 10 lb paper bags and were brand-named Market Town.
They had been placed out in the store for sale on October 2nd for four hours when store staff was notified by the company the item was being recalled. The potatoes were pulled from the shelves immediately however 62 bags of potatoes had already been sold in a four hour period. No one was injured during this incident and this is the only incident of this type reported to police in this area thus far. The investigation into this matter continues.
Police are urging residents to be cautious when handling potatoes fitting this description and to report any similar incidents to police immediately. The public is encouraged to report suspicious activity to Yarmouth County RCMP at 902 742 9106 or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222 TIPS. The public can also contact Crime Stoppers at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash award from $50 – $2000.