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Investigators reviewing surveillance video in case of razor blades on gas pump handles

WLOS Asheville/Greenville 1/26/2023 Brittany Whitehead
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Forest City Police Department issued an update with new information to the public on Thursday, Jan. 26 regarding razor blades recently found on gas pump handles in the area. 

Since Monday, Jan. 23, when the first razor blades were discovered, Forest City detectives have developed a more definitive timeline on the incident, and have determined it may have not been as widespread as initially thought. 

Forest City Police Lt. Brandon Rothrock said the first razor blades were found Monday by a Department of Agriculture employee during a routine inspection. His discovery prompted a search of other pumps and stations. 

WARNING: RAZOR BLADES FOUND ON NUMEROUS GAS PUMP HANDLES, OFFICIALS SAY

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According to Forest City authorities, blades were found at the BP on South Broadway Street and at the Shell station at the 74 Junction.

A news release Thursday said there were three confirmed incidents that occurred over the past month with the person who located the blades. Those incidents were reported to Forest City Police Department and Rutherford County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Since then, authorities have been searching for security video footage at various businesses in the area in an effort to find information that leads to a suspect. 

"As soon as we locate anything that may help with developing a suspect, we will be sure to advise the community," the statement read from the Forest City Police Department. "In the meantime, we urge the public to remain vigilant and take the extra second to inspect the pump handle before grabbing it. This is a very disturbing incident, and we are devoting all of the resources available to us to figure out who is responsible and hold them accountable." 

Anyone with information on the incidents that would assist the investigation is asked to call FCPD at 828-245-5555 or Rutherford County Central Communications at 828-286-2911.

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