Investigators in Upper Darby, PA. say Nikolas Galiatsatos, 47, owner of Nina's Bella Pizzeria walked into arch-rival Verona Pizza carrying a bag. He asked to used the washroom.
But when Fanis Facas, the owner went to check he found tiny footprints
on the toilet and a bag in the ceiling. At first, the small town coppers thought the bag was part of a drug deal. But then they found several mice.
Galiatsatos was then seen walking across the street to another rival's, Uncle Nick's Pizza. Cops say after he left the second pizza place they discovered another bag containing five living mice. Another one was dead in the trash.
He was arrested and now faces charges of criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, harassment and cruelty to animals.
Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said Nina's Bella Pizzeria had only been opened for a short time. It wasn't doing well, which may have motivated Galiatsatos to sabotage nearby pizza parlors.
"We believe that he's trying to put the competitive pizza places out of business," Chitwood said.