Man accused of inserting needles into meat at Belleville grocery store

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 31 at 5:27 PM

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOV) – A Belleville man has been charged with putting needles into packaged meat at a Shop n’ Save on N. Belt West Road.

Ronald G. Avers, 68, has been charged with seven violations of the Product Packaging Protection Act of 2002, according to a news release. 
 
On July 9, the store reported needles were found in seven different packages of meat at their location on N. Belt West Road from May 2013 to July 2014. 
 
Shop n’ Save conducted an investigation and reported their findings to the Federal Bureau of Investigation which led to the arrest of Avers. 
 
The news release sites customer complaints including one woman who found a needle while eating. Another customer reported a needle stuck in their hand. A third customer found the needle in the meat but was not hurt. 
 
Officials do not believe Avers targeted any other stores. 
 
Avers’ detention hearing is scheduled for August 4. He could face up to 10 years in prison for each violation, a fine of $250,000, and supervised release of up to three years. 
 
 

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