A man has reached a plea deal and been sentenced to supervised probation for adding “poison or other harmful substance” to food in the freezer sections of Target and Walgreens stores in four Valley cities.
No one reported any illness in connection with the food tampering during October 2018 at stores in Tempe, Scottsdale, Chandler and Phoenix, authorities said.
Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced David Lohr was sentenced on Oct. 27 to seven years of supervised probation on one count of criminal damage and three years of probation on two counts of adding poison or other harmful substance to food, drink or medicine.
Lohr was ordered to pay restitution to a retail grocery chain in the amount of $390.42 and must participate in a mental health evaluation and any additional recommended treatment, according to the plea arrangement.
Lohr was first arrested in October of 2018, and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office charged him with criminal damage.
After Lohr was released from custody, he went to California. In February 2019, the FBI arrested him for tampering with consumer products in California, according to a release from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.
He was later sentenced in October 2021 to a 51-month federal prison term followed by three years of supervised release with mental health services, the release stated.