Police: Dozens of propane tanks stolen from several stores in Missouri

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A string of strange burglaries has caused federal officials to begin an investigation in Missouri.

Earlier this week, police officials announced they are investigating the purchase of cell phones at Walmart stores in Columbia, Jefferson City, Lebanon and Macon.

According to KMIZ, employees reported that 100 prepaid cell phones were purchased at two Missouri Walmarts over the weekend.

On Thursday, police in Jefferson City said they had a similar report of an attempted purchase within the same time frame.

“Right then and there, I knew there was not something adding up about this. It’s not right, it doesn’t make any sense,” a witness said. “Who’s going to order 50 phones for Christmas? Who does that?”

Now, federal officials have been alerted after dozens of propane tanks were stolen from several stores in the area.

WDAF reports that 18 to 20 propane tanks were stolen from outside cages at a BP gas station in Lee's Summit at the end of November.

That same night, a nearby CVS reported the same crime.

Two weeks later, another CVS in Independence was hit, and 28 tanks were stolen from that location.

While many people in the community say they are concerned the cases might be connected to a terror plot, officials say that is likely not the case.

“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,” Michael Tabman, a retired FBI agent, told WDAF. “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."

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