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Glue, empty containers, labels, and jars and bottles filled with liquid and cream were among the items found in a Hampden Township home during an investigation into item tampering at various businesses, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Silver Spring Township Police and provided by the Associated Press.

The search warrant had been executed on the home on Aug. 9, after Silver Spring Township Police became aware of the problem earlier in the month. Cumberland County District Attorney Skip Ebert on Tuesday said the suspect had likely altered hundreds of medications, health and beauty items and other products before repackaging them and returning them to stores, which included Giant Food Stores, Wegmans, CVS Pharmacy and Walmart.

Most of the locations were in Silver Spring and Hampden townships, though the affidavit said two items were found in the Giant location in Camp Hill, one of which was still on the shelf before being pulled back.

The person under investigation has not been charged, and police in the affidavit said it is unknown what substance was used to refill the items, which could pose a serious health risk to users. In the affidavit, police said they are investigating the case as theft by deception and possible possession of instruments of crime.

According to court documents, the investigation started when a customer called Silver Spring Township Police on Aug. 2 about a box of Sensodyne toothpaste that was bought at Giant in the township. The toothpaste tube inside the box had an Equate Sensitive brand label instead of Sensodyne, and there appeared to be an area on the back of the tube that had been sliced open and then taped with several pieces of what appeared to be medical tape or steri-strips, according to the affidavit. The box also had signs of being previously opened and resealed with some type of glue.

Giant asset protection was able to connect the returned tampered item with a Giant Foods bonus club card that belonged to the suspect, according to court documents. From there, police said Giant was able to track additional products that were returned. Giant discovered there were 24 dates where items were returned from Jan. 22 to July 28.

Among the items that were returned, two items were returned to the Camp Hill Giant: a tube of Crest toothpaste that was determined to not have toothpaste and destroyed before the investigation, and a bottle of an Alberto VO5 product that was later pulled from the shelf. Other items included eye cream with a different color cream inside at the Hampden Giant, and Asper Creme at the Silver Spring location that had been stored in the manager’s office since it was returned, the affidavit said.

According to court documents, Giant told police that the items had been tampered with, resealed and/or refilled with an unknown substance and then returned for full value and portrayed as an unused item that would be offered for sale to the public.

After reviewing surveillance video of the returns and the regular use of the one bonus card, Silver Spring police developed a suspect and executed a search warrant. According to the affidavit, the search found glue, bottles and glass jars with blue liquids — with a handwritten “hair gel” label on one — as well as a plastic container with white cream, plastic bags containing labels, a duffel bag containing bags and bottles of pills and another duffel bag with containers, vials, plastic bags and empty face cream containers.

The affidavit said police also found a box containing miscellaneous containers, including foam-filled Crest toothpaste and Bengay, and motor oil.

Though the affidavit was primarily focused on what police were able to track with the help of Giant Food Stores, Ebert did say on Tuesday that other stores were also victims in the item tampering case. Wegmans on Wednesday issued a statement explaining the steps it has taken to protect customers, adding that only one tube of Sensodyne Extra Whitening toothpaste was found to be tampered. Wegmans in response has removed all Sensodyne products from store shelves in the Silver Spring location.

“We also placed automated phone calls to customers who had purchased this product, using their Shoppers Club card, to alert them to the possibility of a foreign substance in the toothpaste,” Fechter said in the statement. “We instructed customers to return the product to our store and provided a toll-free number for them to call with questions or concerns. At this time, we have not been contacted by any customer who received an automated call.”

A Walmart spokesperson issued the following statement regarding the incident on Wednesday: “We are committed to product safety and we take product tampering seriously. We will work closely with law enforcement to assist in identifying, apprehending and prosecuting anyone who senselessly tampers with products in our stores.”

As of Tuesday, there have been no reports of anyone being sickened as a result of the tampering, according to officials. Anyone who believes they may have purchased a tampered product is asked to contact Silver Spring Township Police Detective Andrew Bassler at 717-591-8240 or abassler@sstwp.org.

Most of the locations were in Silver Spring and Hampden townships, though the affidavit said two items were found in the Giant location in Camp Hill, one of which was still on the shelf before being pulled back.

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