img_philyAs reported by Reuters news service: The owner of a suburban Philadelphia pizza shop has been arraigned on charges he schemed to plan live mice in competing pizza parlors in hope of putting them out of business.

The owner of Verona Pizza watched the perpetrator go into his restroom carrying a bag but emerge empty handed, and alerted two patrol officers who were in the restaurant. The officers found a bag of mice and footprints, suggesting someone had been trying to reach the ceiling tiles.

Police then followed the “mouse man” to another local pizza place, Uncle Nick’s, where the perpetrator was again seen putting something in a trash can. Police investigated and found a bag containing five mice!

One of the police officers commented, “This guy planted them to put these guys out of business,” he continued. “I’ve been at this 47 years and I’ve never seen mice used as a criminal tool.”

Only in Philly…