Man charged in Michigan probe of contaminated food

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP/WOOD) — A Michigan man suspected of spraying a contaminant on unpackaged food at grocery stores faces four charges of poisoning food.

Kyle Bessemer appeared in an Ann Arbor court Thursday, two days after his arrest.  He’s charged with four felonies, including two counts of poisoning food and two counts of poisoning food causing property damage.

The FBI says Bessemer admitted to spraying a mixture of hand sanitizer, water and mouse poison on produce and food bars at three Ann Arbor stores: Whole Foods, Meijer and Plum Market. The charges cover two stores.  Bessmer repeatedly visited the stores to contaminate food, according to the criminal complaint.

In court, investigators told a judge that the 29-year-old Bessemer believed someone was trying to poison him.

Bond was set at $250,000. An attorney for Bessemer will be assigned.

Each count is punishable by up to 15 to 20 years in prison.  Investigators said additional charges are possible.

Shoppers have been encouraged to throw away uneaten food purchased from salad bars and ready-to-eat food areas between mid-March and the end of April.

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