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Police still seeking candy culprit

Sara McManamy-Johnson sjohnson@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Nov 6, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Police are still looking for the culprits behind Halloween candy laced with weapons in Lebanon.

Police received two reports of Halloween candy laced with weapons Saturday.

According to Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen, one parent found a broken razor blade in her child's trick-or-treat bag and another parent found a sewing pin in a Tootsie Roll.

“We are limited in what we can do, but we are doing everything we can,” said Bowen.

He said that in the first incident, the child’s parent dumped out the trick-or-treat bag and found the broken razor blade. He said that incident could conceivably been accidental.

The second reported incident could not have been. Someone apparently unwrapped a Tootsie Roll, inserted a sewing pin into the candy and rewrapped it.

“Once they took the paper off to get ready to eat it, they actually saw it,” said Bowen.

The candy was given out separately, according to police. One bag came from Five Oaks and the other came from the Blairmont Drive area.

Police collected the razor blade and sewing pin as evidence and are investigating.

“It’s going to be difficult, but there are things that we can do,” said Bowen. “Obviously it has been assigned to an investigator, and we are going to try and get some evidence off the Tootsie Roll through fingerprinting. It may be difficult with all the hands it passed through.”

He said parents should be extra careful to check any candy their children received.

“Just be vigilant,” said Bowen. “With the stuff that could be unwrapped, something done to it and rewrapped, be extra vigilant.”

He said this is the first Halloween he can remember hearing of candy laced with weapons in Lebanon. He said several years ago there were scares all over the country, but none that he could recall were reported in Lebanon.

“It just shows you what kind of world we’re living in now,” said Bowen.

He said Tuesday there had been no other reported incidents.

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