Update: FBI Alerted After Bulk Cell Phone Purchase at Third Mid-Missouri Walmart (Video)

The FBI was alerted after a large quantity of cell phones was purchased at a third mid-Missouri Walmart in the last week.
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Early Saturday morning two “foreign speaking” men set off alarms after they entered the local Walmart store in Lebanon, Missouri and purchased 60 cellphones. The purchase was made around 4 AM in the morning. Police were called but released the men saying they didn’t have a legal reason to detain them.

The Macon County Sheriff’s office is investigating a second suspicious purchase of dozens of cellphones at the Columbia Walmart on Conley Road.

A third suspicious purchase was made at a Walmart in Macon, Missouri.

Now the FBI is involved.
FOX 2 Now reported:

Federal officials are concerned about a large quantity of cell phones purchased in three different Missouri cities in less than a week. Police have investigated the purchase of large quantities of cell phones at Walmart stores in Columbia, Lebanon and Macon. In two cases, the FBI was contacted.

Law enforcement agencies report cellphones are potential tools in the hands of terrorists. The devices can be used to communicate and they’re difficult to trace if they’re prepaid phones; they can also be used as detonators for bombs.

KMIZ-TV reports that several men bought dozens of phones at a Columbia Walmart late last week, and paid in cash. Police just reported the purchases Monday.

The Macon County Sheriff’s Office said it is investigating a similar report on Wednesday at a Macon Walmart:

The Macon County Sheriff's Office in coordination with the Macon Police Department is investigating the recent…

Posted by Macon County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

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  • ridgerunner

    SLOW. AS. CHRISTMAS.

  • ridgerunner

    Walmart is more on top of their game than the FBI. Benghazi, Flight 800, etc. It is the hard truth.

  • Kook of the East

    I thought Oboma gave them all phones?

  • ridgerunner

    Think Huma might be buying this round.

  • ridgerunner

    Our Military is going to crap. Our police are being strangled. The FBI and Secret Service are laughable.

    Why are Americans buying so many guns? Why does Obama want to repeal the 2nd Amendment?

    Why does the GOPe hate conservatives?

  • tham

    This is no joke. Something is going on here. On the innocent side, this could be some sort of business scam, shipping these things to places they cost more in. That’s all I can come up with that isn’t sinister. The buy in Lebanon is just off I-44. Columbia is just off of I-70 but Conley Road, if I remember correctly, is closer to the University than the freeway. Macon is bizarre. Not on any major highway, though US 63 goes through Iowa and toward Minneapolis eventually.

  • tham

    No doubt there are still some patriots in the FBI and Secret Service, but after almost 8 years of the traitorous regime, I imagine very few. Most have retired, left or been cashiered. The only guy I figure will completely clean house is Trump.

  • ridgerunner

    Think about the travesty of letting the media into the terrorist’s home in San Bernadino. That borders on treasonous.

  • JY1

    They cause inattentive driver traffic accidents.
    They are used for triggering IED bombs.
    They are instrumental for communications between terrorists in the organization, planning, and execution of their attacks.

    There is better justification for banning cell phones than there is for banning firearms.

  • tham

    Yes, these would be Obama’s people who, obviously, occupy all supervisory positions by now.

  • Pegon Zellschmidt

    Glad we can still call in the FBI, after the fact, and tell them what’s going on with terror threats in our country (no thanks to Imamess Loretta Lynch). The FBI and DHS are like janitors after the fact, “Clean up in aisle 5.”

  • JY1

    Half the times I track down something I need and check with Walmart’s website to see if it is in stock at a location, I go there and there are none on the shelf and I am told there is no stock in the back room.

    If I need more than one of something, I have to drive to three or more store locations to get them.

    I have a lot of trouble believing that their inventory control system is showing sales of big numbers of cell phones.

  • V the K

    Same thing is happening in Michigan. Mass cell phone purchases at WalMart by foreign men.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/id/14332443/ns/us_news-security/t/mich-bridge-security-tightened-after-arrests/

  • Dr Strangeglove

    You can run that route in a straight line heading north on US 54/63 starting near Ft Leonard Wood and avoiding the Interstates. Kirkville, MO and Ottumwa, IA are next in line. I’ve driven parts of it a few times. US63 up to Ottumwa is desolate, drove it at 85-90 MPH, no police whatsoever. From Ottumwa north to Rochester, MN is even more remote. Agree, something stinks here

  • err

    That link goes to a 9 year old article

  • V the K

    Restrict all cell phones to ten minutes of call time. This will not eliminate terror incidents, but will reduce the ability of terrorists to use their phones to plan mass-murder. After all, does anyone really *need* a plan with unlimited minutes.

  • doomsday_survivor

    stoooopid

  • Circa53

    Its been going on forever..and its always muslims.

  • ridgerunner

    Military, Police, FBI, DOJ, Secret Service all failing – we are the only armed force that Obama can’t control.

  • ridgerunner
  • Infidel Knight

    Y’all know what very soon we’re gonna have to do, right..?? Cell phones make many things go boom, for whom the ringtone tolls..??

  • Trialdog

    Once democratic party lawmakers learn of this, they’ll introduce legislation to provide all Muslim males several “free” cell phones with untraceable numbers.

  • LouAnnWatson

    two things…when people make purchases with large sums of cash, usually identification is required since counterfeit bills may be involved. second, walmart and other stores need to tell their loss prevention service to immediately locate their vehicle and record the plate number and type of vehicle involved. they need a trackback for suspicious purchases.

  • V the K

    Mea Culpa. Huevos sur me cara.

  • ridgerunner

    A fool could stop what is going on. It is just a few that are calling the shots.

  • WKRP

    I may have missed it, but did police ask why they were buying so many phones? If so, what did they say? Were ID’s asked for? The actual conversations would be nice.

  • dave0987

    Hussein, Huma, Jarrett…one of the Muslims destroying our country…

  • dave0987

    Yeah well they’ll just do surgical implants like the Joker did to that guy In Dark Knight.

    You may recall also from a couple years or so back it was reported they were practicing anal insertion of explosives so as to avoid all possible TSA detections.

  • dave0987

    At 4am, “by foreigners” and paying in cash as well screams “future remote bomb detonation devices” to me.

  • K. E.

    Once again, possible muslim terrorists using our laws against us. Great. Can people understand now why we must stop them coming into our country in the first place? They are using our freedoms against us. We are such easy targets. We have learned nothing after 9/11. Our forefathers who fought and died in WWII would be ashamed.

  • K. E.

    I’m guessing they probably knew that the cops couldn’t do anything. There is no law against buying 60 cell phones at 4 am. More likely they stopped them, asked questions and asked for IDs and then these guys said nothing and were let go. End of story. The most the FBI has are their names from the IDs, which could be fakes.

  • Groty1

    Conley Road in Columbia is simply the access road to a shopping mall (where Wal-Mart is located), just off of “New” highway 63 – which is now a main north/south artery in Columbia. Macon, in turn, is about a two hour drive straight north of Columbia on highway 63. I don’t know where the Macon Wal-Mart is but Macon is not very big. I would not be surprised if the Macon Wal-Mart is very near highway 63. I don’t know anything about Lebanon. But if it is not also connected to highway 63 it seems to be the odd duck. At any rate, I agree this seems very suspicious. Glad the authorities are on it.

  • Dr Strangeglove

    Lebanon to Columbia is US54 which intersects with US63 in or near Columbia. So it is pretty much a straight line north.

    Lebanon is near Fort Leonard Wood.

  • Nelle

    You can’t buy 60 boxes of pseudophedrine in a Missouri Walmart. Maybe you shouldn’t be able to buy 60 cell phones either.

  • Groty1

    JYI’s comment was intended to mock Democrats gun control laws so V the K played along by mocking the idiotic Democrat laws that seek to limit gun magazines to 10 rounds.

  • I think this is a “dry run” in order to get the situation “accepted.” After everyone reports on it and it turns out to be a nothing-burger then everyone begins to feel like that boy who cried wolf. Do it enough times and then people quit even noticing and reporting on it.

    And THAT is when you have thousands of IEDs controlled by cell phones going off around the country.

  • FL_BigFoot

    Something serious is coming down the pike….Sooner than later.

  • Yabba_Dabba

    Americans must be reminded of the atrocities the Muslims performed in Beslan when they captured an entire elementary school on first day of classes…

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beslan_school_siege

    In this earlier Islamic atrocity, Muslims captured a school and held over 1000 people hostage. By the bloody end of the siege, the Muslims had slaughtered nearly 400, with 189 children among the slaughtered… A heinous Muslim crime.

    Muslims are a heartless enemy. Those politicians who are calling those of us warning about them “bigots” should ALL be remembered if this happens in America, as I deeply fear it will.

    We have an unlimited foe with our Muslim enemy. And that Muslim enemy is abetted by moronic and downright evil politicians, mostly Democrats, but not all.

    These politicians have betrayed us by pushing lethal invasions of Muslims down our throats, while trying to intimidate us into silence about the growing Muslim Menace.

  • ZZZzzzz

    Something’s definitely up. I’m glad they are looking into it. Odd is an understatement.

  • flying dachshund

    is this correct? lebanon is in laclede and dallas county. specifically i think lebanon walmart is in laclede county. furthermore, i HIGHLY doubt walmart lebanon is open at 4am.

  • Mike in Illinois

    Muslims are doing this as part of a plan, the same plan long employed regarding everything from guns to even garden fertilizer. Each and every instance is meant to make people afraid so they run to nanny state government and say “There out to be a law!” That way, people are literally conned into sacrificing their own liberty for perceived safety.

    Look at it honestly folks, every angle always has the same “solution’ – give government more power over what are enumerated rights. Look at the FBI right now, out there openly decrying encrypted messaging claiming it is so “dangerous” that they cannot read those communications. Yeah, they don’t want YOU to be able to send messages they cannot read to your gramma either! That pesky fourth amendment makes their jobs sooooo hard. Wake up folks, the terrorism is being used by our own government to subvert, sidestep and outright destroy every right we have!

    And they have so closed in on gun rights that they are now even starting to openly call for outright confiscation after decades of denying their goal was exactly that.

    “Gun show loophole”? Yeah, that is code for criminalizing private Citizens selling guns to one another without government knowing about it and cataloging it.

    I am SICK AND TIRED of having MY rights assaulted and destroyed because of criminals and terrorists. I am SICK and TIRED of being convicted and punished for things I never did (yeah, I include being punished for slavery because I have white skin too) and I wish people in this country would open their eyes and see the ongoing CON job being ran on us all.

    The politicians say that we cannot change who we are or terrorists win. Well what the heck is destroying our rights accomplishing if not just bowing and letting them win – and those saying that are the very ones doing the destroying.

    Take this very unusual phone purchase. Of course simply buying these phones in large quantity is not itself a crime and no arrest can come of it BUT that right there is a SIGNAL that LEO could use to gain a WARRANT to look further into what those individuals are doing. So instead of wasting time and resources watching the REST of us, they could spend those resources watching THEM! See how easy that is?

    Our government is on a path that King George took Britain down. And it goes to exactly the same place. Why? Because Freemen will always take up arms to defend the cause of liberty when it is threatened directly to enough degree. We are at that point no matter how many people want to wish otherwise. Take note- we really are at a shot heard round the world moment that will light it all off. Oh, have ya noticed that New York is creeping into the house to house confiscation of rifles? Yeah, ya best take note people. It is here. Now. Bowing to the criminal and terrorist card is why. SO stop bowing! Stand up.

  • tham

    Duh, yah, the store wasn’t open but some employees called the cops from their homes.

  • tham

    I’d still like to know their responses. Did they just say “none of your business, cop?” or what?

  • tham

    Wonder if it’s the same guys. If the timeline connects it could be.

  • bonnieblue2A

    KOMU tweet is reporting Jefferson City PD is also investigating suspicious cell phone purchases made at a South Jeff. City Wal-Mart.

  • Al

    Guess the FBI will have to ask the provider to stop service on these phones, huh? Or will they think of that?

  • bonnieblue2A

    Read Dr. William R. Forstchen’s book: Day of Wrath. It is based upon the scenario of Beslan style attacks conducted in the USA. Go to your childrens’ schools and demand more armed security! There is no time left to waste.

  • err

    Why would you just “highly doubt” and make a speculative post instead of taking the time to do a simple Google search and have the definitive answer? The Lebanon store is clearly a 24-hour store:
    http://www.walmart.com/store/14/whats-new

    The Macon county reference is to the Macon store. There seem to be at least three stores involved, Lebanon, Macon, and Columbia – and someone’s post from a few minutes ago says Jefferson City may also be involved.

  • tham

    Wow, just keeps adding up. As others have pointed out, one can hit Lebanon, Jeff City, Columbia and Macon via 54 and then 63. Timeline would indicate whether it’s the same group along with security cam footage.

  • bonnieblue2A

    I wonder if the Booneville Wal-Mart has experienced similar bulk cell-phone purchases? It is closer to Columbia than the Lebanon, Macon, or South Jefferson City Wal-Mart stores.

  • Akela

    FBI – Famous But Incompetent.

  • bonnieblue2A

    Compared to I-70, there are very few MODOT cameras on Hwy 63. It might make vehicles en-route more difficult to ID.

  • tham

    No, I didn’t mean highway cams. I meant the Walmart security cams. All the cashiers have one focused on his/her work station.

  • bonnieblue2A

    Sadly all too likely.

  • bonnieblue2A

    Right. But take that further….. Parking lot cams capture customers’ images at 4am exiting store, going to vehicles. Wal-Mart parking lot cameras can ID vehicle make/color. MODOT cameras are within a few minutes of real-time tracking. Theoretically it may be possible if ID quickly enough to local Sheriff’s Dept. to spot vehicles traveling along major Interstates and large state highways via online MODOT cameras.

  • Question, has anybody seen this on the msm? I haven’t seen anything. I may have missed it, but you can just about bet the you know what is going to hit the you know where. And if Obama and congress are not held accountable, well you fill in the blanks.

  • Think St Louis!

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  • Pa Bell

    The cell phone purchases indicate two possibilities that come to mind. The first, for remote control purposes, has been mentioned above. The second possibility is that they will be used in the near future and henceforth for voice and text communications to coordinate several simultaneous attacks either around the country or in a given area or both. I would think that the phones will be distributed by car to mosques around the country so as to avoid the USPS and shippers where these things can be traced. What the govt and the media isn’t telling us is that there are tens of thousands of jihadi’s here in the US right now. The San Bernadino terror incident was just a small isolated attack that is being used as a study tool to gauge and assess how to maximize destruction and death in future attacks. So are all these other small attacks that have occurred, including the power substations that were shot up in the middle of the night out west. Why haven’t they hit us big time again like on 9/11/01? These people are not part of our culture and have never lived in an environment like the USA. The USA born arab jihadi’s comprise but a small percentage of their effort so the vast majority have had to lay back and wait patiently while learning how to blend in and live here, if at all possible, while canvasing the best targets, acquire weapons, etc., without creating suspicion. They have an adversion to western garb so they will most likely try to hide, in many instances, in plain sight, smelling, looking and sounding like they always do….stinky cavemen with beards wrapped in sheets mumbling gibberish.

  • bonnieblue2A

    FOX News had the story early this AM on its mobile website. Sent links to DRUDGE but nothing there yet.

  • NY-FLA Con

    There’s nothing to see here. Just move along folks. We are told these are good people.

  • tham

    also sent links to Drudge

  • Libtards Lie

    This is not going to end well at all. They should just go ahead and waterboard these guys now, better safe than sorry.

  • Libtards Lie

    I was thinking that as well. Where there is smoke, there is fire.

  • bonnieblue2A

    Not cool to drive that fast thru Amish buggy territory. When our enemies destroy the energy infrastructure the Amish will be way ahead of the curve in doing without. ; )

  • Dr Strangeglove

    It’s limited access highway

  • WalterBannon

    Obama is a treasonous scumbag and he belongs in prison.

  • bonnieblue2A

    I’ve driven it many times between Des Moines and central MO. Never seem to make the drive when that huge Amish bulk store at the IA line is open though. That and I want to make it to Pella in the Spring for the bulb festival….