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Suspected Red Bull blackmailer arrested in Austria

Updated at: 04/11/2013 11:05 AM
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(AP) VIENNA - Austrian police have arrested a man suspected of blackmailing Red Bull by threatening to place cans of its energy drink contaminated with feces on supermarket shelves.

Police officials cited at a Salzburg news conference by the Austria Press Agency say the unidentified 47-year-old suspect was arrested Wednesday after he showed up for a payoff in the Lower Austrian town of Moedling.

Thursday’s report didn’t say how much the suspected blackmailer was demanding or give other details.

An official answering the telephone at Salzburg police headquarters confirmed the arrest. He refused to give his name.

The threats started coming in February by mail and email. Spot checks of stores across Austria showed no trace of tampering with the company’s product.

Red Bull has referred all queries about the case to police.

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