Bartow County Sheriff Clark Milsap issued a warning Monday, urging anyone who recently bought clothing at the store at 101 Market
Place Blvd. to double check the items to make sure there are no hidden needles.
In a report filed Monday, a shopper who bought a pair of pants during the “Black Friday” weekend found a needle when the pants were first worn this weekend.
A Monday shopper found a syringe in a pair of men’s lounging pants and, while investigators were on the scene, a Walmart manager found a syringe in another pair of pants.
No one was injured in the new cases, but two people were stuck by needles discovered in November.
Patricia Headrick pricked her ring finger on a needle shoved into a bra box on Nov. 25 and is taking antiviral drugs to stave off any possible infections. Walmart has said it would cover her medical expenses.
A young girl also was stuck by a syringe in the left foot of pajamas her mother bought at the store. She was treated at home by emergency services.
Syringes also were found in the pocket of pants on a rack in the women’s department and in a pair of “Hello Kitty” socks.
Millsap said Walmart is working closely with his investigators to track down the responsible party.
Dianna Gee, a Walmart spokeswoman, said the company continues to review its video footage. Store employees have also been told to be extra vigilant in watching for anything unusual, she said.
“Our hope is the law enforcement will catch whoever did that and prosecute them,” Gee said.
No similar incidents have been reported at other Walmarts, she said.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 770-382-5050 ext. 6029 or 6030. Anonymous tips can be made by calling the Cartersville-Bartow County Crimestoppers Line at 770-606-TIPS (8477).