Police have arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of inserting a needle into a bread product at a convenience store in Nagareyama, Chiba Prefecture.
The suspect, Tomoya Nagaki, accepted the charges Wednesday night and told investigators he could not recall clearly why he inserted the needle.
Nagareyama Police Station of the Chiba prefectural police said it knows of eight cases in which needles were inserted into food products at convenience stores or supermarkets since the beginning of June, mainly in Nagareyama, although no injuries have been reported.
Nagaki said he did the same thing several times in the city.
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