KANSAS CITY, MO - Many are on edge after several law enforcement agencies notified the FBI about bulk purchases of cell phones at Missouri Walmarts. Now, another incident has some worried about terrorism. A large number of propane tanks have been stolen from several locations near Kansas City.
WDAF-TV reports that a BP gas station in Lee's Summit had 18-20 tanks stolen from outside cages last month. A CVS reported the same crime on the same night. Two weeks later another CVS in Independence was hit and 28 tanks were stolen from that location.
The FBI says it is up to law enforcement to connect the dots. Retired agent Michael Taubman tells WDAF-TV:
"The good news is this is probably not part of terrorist planning for a number of reasons," said Taubman. "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."
The FBI would not comment on the cell phone purchases or propane thefts, only saying that they encourage the public: If you see something, say something.