Investigators say the boy put his mouth on the Arizona Tea bottle before putting it back on the shelf.
ODESSA, Texas — Odessa police have arrested a
15 year old for tampering with a consumer product after he was
reportedly seen spitting into an Arizona Tea drink inside an
An officer was dispatched to the Alberston's on North County Road in reference to the incident at around 10 p.m. on July 15.
The officer stated upon his arrival a 15 year old had been detained by an asset protection officer.
The two officers reviewed security footage and observed the teen
picking an Arizona Tea bottle, putting his mouth on it then placing it
back on the shelf.
According to investigators, the teen told
officers they had simply took a drink of the tea and "put it back
because it was gross".
The teen was arrested and charged with tampering with a consumer product and taken to the Ector County Youth Center.
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Family issued the following statement by Nancy Sharp, Communications
and Community Engagement Manager in reference to the incident:
take the safety of our guests and the integrity of our products very
seriously. The product tampering on Monday was the first incident
reported in our company and came with second-degree felony charges
against the juvenile accused of this crime. We appreciate the vigilance
of our asset protection team. Anyone caught tampering with products in
our stores will be reported to the police for prosecution. We remind our
guests to always check their products to ensure safety seals are intact
and the item has not been compromised. If they notice anything
suspicious, they should alert store management immediately and return
the product for a full refund."
This incident comes less than
a month after the viral video of a San Antonio teen licking a Blue Bell
ice cream carton and placing it back on the shelf.
Tampering with a consumer product is considered a second degree felony.
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