Updated:CARTERSVILLE, Ga.,None —
Several more syringes have turned up at a Cartersville Walmart.
At least 14 syringes have been discovered hidden in clothing or in other areas of the store since Nov. 22.
The motive and who might be responsible remains a mystery to investigators and shoppers.
“Still an active investigation, we’re working leads and details so we can find out,” Russell Ballard of the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office said.
A Sheriff’s Office investigator confirmed that the department is investigating another syringe from the same Walmart store.
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Channel 2 Action News reporter Michael Buczyner has learned that the most recent discovery came Monday when a shopper called a deputy to her home after she says she discovered a syringe with a capped needle in her Walmart Shopping bag.
“Some people purchased some items at the Walmart and they found it when they got home,” Ballard said.
The investigator could not provide us with any other details. Customers say they’re concerned.
“It might branch out to other departments and things like that. You have to think about that,” shopper Eugene Hill said.
“It’s dangerous, and at some point, those needles might be infected or have something on them at could hurt somebody,” shopper Jim Pate said.
At least four customers say they were pricked by needles since they started appearing at the store last month.
Two other needles were discovered in the front pocket of a woman’s night-gown and in the pocket of a hoodie earlier this month.
An investigator tells says the GBI crime lab was unable to lift fingerprints from the syringes.
A Walmart spokesperson released this statement: “We continue to assist law enforcement with their investigation. Those efforts include bringing in additional associates to review video and monitor the sales floor, as well as physically inspect apparel items on a daily basis. We hope that whoever is responsible for these senseless acts will be found very soon and held accountable for their actions.”