SLUG: HO-PROPANE DATE: May 31, 2007 CREDIT: Susan Biddle / Tnewser

(NEWSER) – The FBI is investigating reports in Missouri of stolen propane tanks and prepaid cellphones purchased en masse—developments that sparked concerns of a possible terrorist plot, KFOR reports.

An estimated 65-70 tanks were grabbed from outside cages in three separate heists, two at Lee's Summit on the same day in November (from a gas station and a CVS) and one this month in Independence (another CVS location). Meanwhile, handfuls of phones were purchased at Walmarts in four Missouri cities in recent days, ABC 17 News reports. At least a hundred were purchased at two Walmarts around the weekend; in one incident, dozens of phones were bought by several men late Friday night. The FBI is investigating at least three of the purchases.

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