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Father who claimed to find metal in kids’ Halloween candy is arrested for hoax

OAKDALE — A Northern California man was arrested after investigators determined he lied about finding metal objects in his kids’ Halloween candy.

Mathew Blackcloud, 32 (Credit: Oakdale Police Department)

Last year, Mathew Blackcloud claimed he discovered small metal objects in five pieces of his children’s trick-or-treating candy. He told detectives he didn’t know how the objects ended up in the commercially packaged pieces of candy.

The 32-year-old father was the only resident in his Burchell Hill neighborhood to make such a report and no other tainted candy was found.

In response, several Oakdale residents threw their Halloween candy away or brought it to the police department to be examined. Officers and community members even got together to provide free candy replacements through what the police department called “Operation Halloween 2.0.”

With the help of DNA processing and other forensic examinations, investigators determined Blackcloud was responsible for putting the objects in the candy.

The police department reported Thursday he was arrested on suspicion of making a false report of food tampering.

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