A transient who allegedly poured bleach into refrigerators and freezers containing ice, beer and frozen seafood at supermarkets in Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach and West Los Angeles was behind bars Monday and facing federal charges.
David Clare Lohr, 48, is charged in a criminal complaint in Los Angeles federal court with tampering and attempting to tamper with consumer products. No injuries have been reported from the alleged attacks.
According to the FBI, the agency was recently notified by supermarket investigators in Los Angeles about a man seen on videotape in December and January entering markets, grabbing bleach from store shelves and pouring it into freezers that contained packaged consumer products.
Some customers subsequently reported smelling bleach on store products, and the affected packages wound up being destroyed, according to the FBI.
Lohr was arrested Wednesday by Santa Clara County sheriff’s deputies in Sunnyvale after authorities received a report of a man spreading white powder and hydrogen peroxide on a public bus. The powder was later determined to be salt, according to the FBI.
Sheriff’s deputies discovered the federal arrest warrant for Lohr after taking him into custody at a bus stop. Authorities said Lohr also allegedly poured hydrogen peroxide on or near rotisserie chickens at a Sunnyvale supermarket.
Lohr appeared in federal court Friday in Northern California, where he faces possible criminal charges. He is also charged in Orange County and Arizona on similar allegations, federal officials said.
Lohr is believed to have recently lived in short-term lodging throughout throughout the state and he is known to use public transportation to move between cities, according to the FBI.
Federal officials asked anyone with information about Lohr or who believes they were victimized by him in any way to contact authorities at (800) CALL-FBI (225-5324).
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