Cellphones bought Missouri

“On 12-05-2015 at approximately 0623 in the morning, the Ava Police Department received a report of a Middle Eastern male subject who had purchased a large amount of cell phones from Wal-Mart and had left a cell phone in the restroom. Officers responded and secured the phone.

“While speaking with Wal-Mart employees the subject who left the phone returned to the store to get it. Officers spoke with the male subject who was of Middle Eastern decent and asked for identification which was provided. After speaking with the subject, officers did not have any legal reason to detain him, so they allowed him to leave.

Cellphones bought Missouri

Cellphones bought Missouri

“Officers did contact the Missouri Highway Patrol Intelligence Unit and advised them of the situation and also contacted other local Wal-Marts in the surrounding areas to be on the lookout for the subject. After speaking with employees at the Lebanon Wal-Mart, officers were advised the subject had already purchased 59 cell phones from that store earlier. Officers contacted the Lebanon Police Department and were advised they had already contacted the FBI and when they spoke to them again, they would have them contact the Ava Police Department as well.

“As always if anyone hears or sees something suspicious contact local authorities immediately. It does not hurt to have it checked out and you can remain anonymous.”

Cellphones bought Missouri linked to other purchases

A TV station in Kansas City reported similar purchases or attempted purchases in Macon and Jefferson City.  A TV station in Jefferson City reported similar purchases at stores in Jackson and Cape Girardeau, as well as other cities.