Police on Thursday charged a Pennsylvania woman for making terrorist threats after she coughed on grocery store food while claiming to be sick.
Margaret Cirko, 35, allegedly intentionally contaminated grocery items by coughing and spitting on them, claiming to be sick while attempting to steal a pack of beer, according to the Hanover Township Police Department.
The incident resulted in the store disposing of $35,000 worth of produce, meat, and other essential items.
Today was a very challenging day, Joe Fasula, co-owner of the store, wrote in a social media post.
While there is little doubt this woman was doing it as a very twisted prank, we will not take any chances with the health and well-being of our customers.
Local authorities released a statement citing that Cirko was charged with two felony counts of terrorist threats using a biological agent, one count of criminal mischief, as well as misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and attempted retail theft.
Cirko was sent to a mental health hospital to be evaluated after her arrest.
She was placed in Luzerne County Prison on a $50,000 bail and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing for April 8.
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