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The skinny: Cops says Pennsylvania pizzeria owner left mice at rival shops

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A pizzeria owner with mice problems he blamed on competitors tried to sabotage two rival shops by dumping mice in them, authorities in suburban Philadelphia said. Upper Darby police said a man walked into Verona Pizza and asked to use the bathroom. After he left, the owner said he found footprints on the toilet and noticed that the drop ceiling had been disturbed, and he found a bag tucked up above. The owner turned the bag over to two police officers who happened to be eating lunch there, and they found three white mice inside, police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said. Police say the man then walked across the street to Uncle Nick's Pizza and dumped another bag into a trash can inside the establishment, and police found five live mice and one dead one inside. "This is food terrorism by mice," Chitwood said. Nikolas Galiatsatos, 47, owner of Nina's Bella Pizzeria a few blocks away, faces charges of disorderly conduct, harassment and animal cruelty, police said.

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Compiled from Times wires.

The skinny: Cops says Pennsylvania pizzeria owner left mice at rival shops 03/01/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 6:13pm]
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