A string of burglaries has caused federal officials to begin an investigation in Kansas City, MO, according to a report from KFOR.
This investigation comes almost a week after the purchase of 100 prepaid cell phones from two local Walmarts, which employees found suspicious and reported.
Now, federal officials have been notified of dozens of stolen propane tanks from nearby stores.
Kansas City Fox affiliate WDAF reported around 20 propane tanks were stolen from the outside cages at a BP gas station in the area. That same night, a nearby CVS reported the very same crime. Two weeks later, 28 propane tanks were taken from another CVS.
Locals fear this is perhaps a terrorist plot, but officials say that is 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.”