MORE bulk pre-paid cell phone purchases in Missouri alert FBI; dozens of propane tanks stolen from 3 locations

Real trouble could be brewing in America’s heartland — or it could all be coincidence.

It began late last week when “Middle Eastern men” reportedly  depleted the stock in pre-paid cell phones at two Missouri Walmart locations, alerting local law enforcement and FBI officials.

Sixty were purchased Saturday in Lebanon, Missouri at 3:50 am, and hours before, at another Walmart store in Columbia about 100 miles away, another 40 were sold.

This week, a third Walmart location in Macon, Missouri, reported a suspicious cell phone sale, and Thursday, a fourth location in Jefferson City reported a similar bulk purchase.

Pre-paid cell phones are ideal for customers who rarely need one because there’s no monthly service fee associated with them.

And for that reason, pre-paid cell phones are the tool of choice for criminals — who refer to them as “burn phones” — because they can’t be traced to any one individual, especially if purchased in cash.

They can also be used as detonators for improvised explosive devices, which segues neatly into another “coincidence.”

Fox 4 KC reported Thursday that dozens of propane tanks were stolen from three different Kansas City, Missouri locations.

At the end of November, a BP gas station in Lee`s Summit reported 18-20 propane tanks stolen from the outside cages. That same night the CVS on Southwest 3rd Street reported the exact same crime.

Two weeks later, the CVS on East 23rd Street in Independence was hit, and 28 tanks were stolen from that location.

Sources within law enforcement say they received an urgent safety email about the propane thefts.

 

Retired FBI agent Michael Tabman said that although the propane thefts would cause concern, they were nothing to get in a panic about.

“Certainly, we hear something about gas being stolen we worry about a potential bomb. The good news is this is probably not part of terrorist planning for a number of reasons,” Tabman told FOX 4.

“One is they wouldn’t steal these items because they know that would attract law enforcement’s attention. Also this would not be a tool of choice,” he continued.

Watch the report, via Fox 4 News.

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FBI alerted! ‘Middle Eastern men’ clear 2 Walmart shelves of pre-paid cell phones

H/T: The Gateway Pundit

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