A North Carolina pizzeria employee is behind bars after allegedly trying to poison customers.
Police said a manager at Primo Pizza and Italian Eatery in Fayetteville was preparing pizza when he noticed a substance mixed in with the shredded cheese.
Surveillance video from the restaurant showed Ricky Lee Adami pulling what authorities believe to be rat poison out of his pocket and putting it in the cheese shredder machine.
John Geraffo, the owner of the restaurant, said the substance is being analyzed.
Geraffo said he immediately threw out thousands of dollars’ worth of open products that Adami could have had access to. He’s confident nothing that could have been tainted made it to any of his customers.
Geraffo said he could have just fired Adami and thrown out the tainted cheese, but he believes he did the right thing by reporting him so that other potential employers know what he’s allegedly capable of doing.
“He went to jail. I hope he’s in jail for a while now and we’ll try to do the best we can,” he said.
According to NBC affiliate WRAL, Adami is being held at the Cumberland County Detention Center under $100,000 bond.