Tampered candy found in Gloversville

GLOVERSVILLE — City police have received several reports that needles and pins have been discovered in candy that was collected on Halloween by trick-or-treaters in the city.

According to a police press release, the patrol division has received multiple complaints from individuals reporting the discovery of candy collected while trick-or-treating that had been tampered with, containing needles or pins.

Complaints were filed by individuals who reported trick-or-treating in the area of Kingsboro Avenue from First through Sixth avenues. The type of candy involved in the complaints has varied.

Lt. Brad Schaffer said the police department received the first complaint on Wednesday night and several more on Thursday, receiving approximately six calls.

Schaffer said today there have been no reports of injuries as a result of the discovered items.

Patrol cars were dispatched in response to the calls and the affected candy has been collected as evidence. City police are investigating the incidents and have been in communication with state police and local law enforcement agencies in Fulton County.

Schaffer said police are assessing the items that were turned over and looking for similarities between the effected candies and the areas in which it was collected.

“Based on the complaints we’ve received we are trying to narrow a scope of investigation accordingly,” Schaffer said. “I won’t comment on the type of candy observed, because we’re trying to see if there’s a pattern with the type of candy affected.”

Schaffer said no suspects have been identified in connection with the investigation so far.

Parents are strongly encouraged to closely inspect any candy that was collected while trick-or-treating.

“They should be looking to assure that the packaging is intact, that the packaging has no signs that it was tampered with in any way,” Schaffer said.

Anyone who discovers an item in their candy is asked to contact the Gloversville Police Department at (518) 773-4506.

By Josh Bovee

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