Pizza shop owner in 'mice' case had bullets in pocket

Nicholas Galiatsatos

March 1, 2011 5:42:28 PM PST
Police say when they arrested Nick Galiatsatos, he had bullets in his pocket and a gun in his restaurant.

"He claims he's going through all these personal issues, his wife died, he's raising a child by himself and business is not going good," Upper Darby Police Superintendent Mike Chitwood said.

They believe it led the 48-year-old owner of Bella Pizzeria to sabotage two rival pizza shops with mice.

The owner of Uncle Nick's Harry Saritsoglu says Galiatsatos went over the line.

"You know there's a line you don't cross and he crossed it," Saritsoglu said.

He says Galiatsatos walked in yesterday afternoon, created some small talk, then before leaving dropped a bag in his trash.can.

"I thought that's weird, so I went to the trash to see what he threw out. Mice," Saritsoglu said.

A few minutes before walking into Uncle Nick's, investigators say Galiatsatos walked into Verona Pizza across the street and asked to use the bathroom.

Owner Fanis Facas heard a series of bangs.

"After he left, I checked the bathroom and I saw footprints on the toilet seat. I opened up the drop ceiling and that's where I found the bag of mice," Facas said.

Facas alerted two cops eating inside.

When Galiatsatos walked out of Uncle Nick's, they placed him under arrest.

A disheveled Galiatsatos had no comment as he left court this morning.

"It's bizarre, I think someone said Upper Darby has crime that has panache," Chitwood said.

Galiatsatos is charged with criminal mischief, harassment, and cruelty to animals.

The judge has ordered him to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.