Man accused of tampering with food will face Arizona charges after California case

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A man accused last year of tampering with food products at several retail stores across the Valley will face 10 felony counts in Arizona after his federal case for similar charges concludes, according to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

David C. Lohr, now 49-years-old, was arrested in October 2018, after employees of a Target in Phoenix saw him pour chemicals on items in the store. He told police at the time that he poured peroxide on food items at the store in Ahwatukee Foothills, according to court documents. 

At the time, Lohr was charged on suspicion of criminal damage by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and then released last year, according to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

Lohr is currently in federal custody in California, after being arrested again by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in February on suspicion of tampering with consumer products in that state.

Now, officials have to wait for his federal case to wrap up before he can answer for his state charges, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office said.

The Office recently obtained a retainer on Lohr, which ensures he will be transferred back to Arizona once his federal trial wraps up, according to agency spokeswoman Katie Conner. 

Lohr was indicted by an Arizona State Grand Jury in May on suspicion of one count of criminal damage and nine counts of adding poison or other harmful substance to food, drink or medicine, according to the indictment.

It claims that, between Oct. 1 and Oct. 29, 2018, he tampered with various food items at one Safeway, two Walgreens and four Target stores in Tempe, Scottsdale, Phoenix and Chandler. 

He’s accused of pouring bleach or hydrogen peroxide on food items at some of the locations, according to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

The tampered food was found before it could be consumed and no one has reported any illness associated with consuming the tampered items, it added. 

Reach the reporter at chelsea.curtis@arizonarepublic.com or follow her on Twitter @curtis_chels

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