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Md. Man Arrested in Food Tampering Case

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HEBRON, Md.- Police have arrested a man accused of tampering with meat products at a Hebron grocery store.

Stephen Charles Berry, 60, of Hebron, was taken into custody Tuesday and charged with five counts of malicious destruction of property.

The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office said Berry's arrest stemmed from an investigation that got under way in late May when the management of the Hebron Food Rite on South Main Street contacted authorities about the repeated tampering of meat products for sale. According to investigators, store management reported that someone continually entered the business and poked holes into the packages of meat for sale. The same individual also was believed responsible for removing refrigerated packages of chicken from the cold storage and placing them out on a warm shelf behind other objects where they would spoil, police said.

Authorities said that during the investigation, the investigating deputy was able to conclusively identify Berry as the person responsible for these incidents.

Police noted that at this time there is no explanation as to why Berry allegedly damaged the products.

Following his arrest on the aforementioned charges, Berry was released on his personal recognizance.


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