CARTERSVILLE | More syringes found at Walmart; few leads for investigators | News
CARTERSVILLE, Ga. - Two more syringes were found at a Cartersville Walmart store last week, the Bartow County Sheriff's Office said Monday. That brings the total to nine syringes found at the store in less than a month.
Meanwhile, the Sheriff's office said Monday that as many as three of the syringes have been scanned for fingerprints by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab - yielding no usable evidence.
Two syringes were found last week at the Cartersville Walmart. One of those syringes was found Thursday and another on Friday. Nobody was injured by either syringe.
In late November, the Bartow County Sheriff's said as many as four people found syringes in clothing items at the Cartersville Walmart store. Two of the four people who said they found the syringes were actually jabbed by the needles.
On December 6, the Bartow County Sheriff's Office said three more syringes were found in clothes sold at the Cartersville Walmart store.
According to one incident report, a customer purchased a pair of pants during the Black Friday weekend and found the needle when putting the pants on for the first time this weekend.
The second report came in Monday morning, when a woman found a syringe in a pair of men's lounging pants. While investigators were at the Walmart store looking into that report, a Walmart manager found another syringe in another pair of pants.
It is not yet known whether or not the syringes contained any medication or were tainted with bacteria, viruses or other contaminants. Investigators said Monday that tests on the contents of the syringes would take more time.
The Sheriff's office said Monday that no evidence that would assist the investigation has been discovered up to this point despite forensic studies of the syringes at the GBI crime lab and by watching videos from the store's video surveillance system.
Anyone with any information as to the identity of those responsible is asked to contact the Bartow County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division at 770-382-5050 extension 6029 or 6030. Those who wish to report anonymously are asked to call the Cartersville-Bartow County Crimestoppers Tipline at 770-606-TIPS (8477).