May 5, 2016 10:09 pm
Updated: May 5, 2016 10:55 pm

Man accused of poisoning food at Michigan grocery stores charged

WATCH ABOVE: 29-year-old Kyle Bessemer was arraigned on charges of poisoning food on Thursday. Bessemer is accused of spraying chemicals on open food at different grocery store locations in Michigan.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. – 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.

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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.

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.

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.

© 2016 The Canadian Press

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