3 months for sticking syringe in meat

PORT ORCHARD — The man who stabbed a syringe into meat at the Poulsbo Walmart was sentenced to three months in jail.

Daniel Oaks Thieman, 33, of Kingston, pleaded guilty to malicious mischief in a Kitsap County District Court.

He was sentenced to 90 days in jail and more than $2,000 in court costs and legal fees.

Thieman was arrested on Oct. 26 in Hansville for the incident, one day after it was discovered that a syringe was jabbed into a sausage package in the meat department at Walmart.

Store security cameras captured a man matching Thieman’s description meddling with packages in Walmart’s meat department in the early morning hours of Oct. 25.

A customer later reported to store employees that she found a syringe sticking out of a package of sausage meat.

Further inspection of the meat department found other breached packages. The syringe itself appeared unused, however the needle was missing.

Walmart responded by removing all meat from the department and disinfecting the area.

More than $19,000 worth of meat was ultimately tossed out.

Thieman told arresting officers that what he did was “ridiculously stupid,” according to a police report on the case.

Thieman further told officers he was tired and coming off of heroin at the time. He said it was not meant as a prank and that he wasn’t thinking of the consequences — rather, the syringe had no needle, was of no use to him and he wanted to get rid of it.

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