A Monticello man turned to social media Wednesday, Nov. 1 after searching through his child’s candy and finding a needle in a Tootsie Roll.
The post has since been removed from “What’s Happening Monticello,” as commenters argued the validity of the claim. However, the Wright County Sheriff’s Department announced Wednesday afternoon it was investigating after the man called authorities.
“The Wright County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a complaint that a sewing needle was found in a piece of Halloween candy. The candy was reportedly collected by a child while trick-or-treating in Monticello on Tuesday evening. The sewing needle was found inside a Tootsie Roll by an adult who was inspecting the candy. There were no reported injuries from this incident. The Sheriff’s Office has not received any other reports of tampered candy in Monticello or Wright County. The incident is under investigation.”
Multiple other reports have come through in other communities. A similar find – a sewing needle stuffed inside the sweets, was reported in Arcadia, Wisconsin. And in Duluth, a report of brad nails inside a candy bar has made headlines.
The sheriff’s office is asking families to be diligent while they sort through the case.
“Please be sure to check any candy collected during trick-or-treating and throw away anything you feel is suspicious. If you do locate any candy that has a needle or any foreign object please contact the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.”
The office’s non-emergency line is (763) 682-1162.
If someone is injured, please call 9-1-1.