In the cities of Ava, Columbia, Jefferson City, Macon and Lebanon Missouri, reports have come in about mysterious cell phone purchases by Middle Eastern men.
The store in Ava claims a man came in and purchased 60 prepaid cellphones. Another 100 were bought by the same man over a two day span, all paid in cash.
Whats more concerning is the theft of propane tanks in the area by men described in a similar way.
The man who saw large purchase in Columbia said:
“That’s the first thing that ran through my mind that something bad could happen. You know, they could be using these phones for terrorist acts.”
The FBI is currently investigating.
From ABC 17:
Authorities in at least five Missouri cities have now gotten reports of suspicious phone purchases at Wal-Mart stores.
ABC 17 News reached out to law enforcement in Ava, Missouri and has confirmed through a news release that last Saturday a man purchased a large amount of cell phones from a Walmart there.
Police said they reached out to Walmart employees at the Lebanon and confirmed the same man had also purchased about 60 cell phone at that Walmart earlier that day.
They released the man after they found they had no legal reason to detain him.
The latest report is in addition to four other reports of similar incidents in Columbia, Jefferson City, Macon and Lebanon. Authorities in all five cities said they had contacted FBI agents. However, The FBI only confirmed it is investigating three of those reports.
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