News flash: Police in the western Washington town of Poulsbo have arrested 33-year-old man, who they say walked into a local Walmart store there shortly after midnight last Friday and stabbed a number of chub packs of fresh sausage with a syringe.
He then fell asleep elsewhere in the store and walked out to the parking lot several hours later.
Talk about a nice night’s work.
For those who might be unfamiliar, Poulsbo is a small town of about 10,000 located on the western shores of Puget Sound, a century-old community with a long history as a destination for immigrants from Norway and Finland—to the extent that until the 1940s, Norwegian was maintained as the town’s official language. To this day, the downtown features a Scandinavian theme in its shops and restaurants.
Yet thank god there’s a Walmart store in the area, because otherwise this tale just wouldn’t sound the same.
Here’s the story: Shortly after 6 am on Oct. 25, a store employee was alerted by a customer that a hypodermic syringe had been stabbed into a package of Jimmy Dean sausage. According to the website of KOMO News, a local Seattle-area ABC-TV affiliate, while removing the meat, “The employee noted another tube with hole pokes, and immediately alerted the manager on duty, who dialed 911.”
Who says Wal-Mart employees aren’t highly trained professionals?
“Somebody had pushed a syringe into the tube at an angle, and it poked out the other side,” Poulsbo Police Officer Nick Hoke told KOMO News. “The actual metal needle tip was not attached to the syringe, though.”
An arrest was later made of 33-year-old Daniel Oaks Thieman, who was charged with an as-yet unspecified crime. Surveillance video footage showed Thieman walking into the store around 12:48 am, stabbing the “meat tubes,” as the news story described the packages, and then falling asleep at the Subway outlet at the front of the store. According to police, the man then exited the store and was seen driving off with a woman companion in a black Ford Focus. Police later found several syringes in the parking lot where the car had been parked.
Police removed the syringe from the package but were unable to determine whether the needle has been used, since the inside of the syringe appeared “dry and uncontaminated”—except for the business end, which apparently had “some sausage meat jammed into it,” according to the story.
Officer Hoke reportedly opened other packages to search for the metal needle tip, but was unable to locate it.