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Old 02-17-2017, 12:13 PM   #1
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Florida Man Charged With Trying to Blow Up Target Stores

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Florida Man Charged With Trying to Blow Up Target Stores to Tank Company's Stock - NBC News

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Florida Man Charged With Trying to Blow Up Target Stores to Tank Company’s Stock

Feb. 16, 2017

A Florida man's alleged plot to set off homemade explosives in several East Coast Target stores — part of what investigators said was a bizarre attempt to tank the company's stock — was foiled after someone he asked for help turned him in, prosecutors said Thursday.



Mark Charles Barnett, 48, of Ocala, was charged with "possession of a firearm (destructive device) affecting commerce by a previously convicted felon" after he offered an unidentified person $10,000 to put at least 10 explosives — disguised as food items — on the shelves of Target stores in New York, Florida and Virginia, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Ocala.

"Barnett theorized that the company's stock value would plunge after the explosions, allowing him to cheaply acquire shares of Target stock before an eventual rebound in prices," the complaint said.

Barnett — a registered sex offender on probation for multiple felony kidnapping, sexual battery and grand theft counts — made the bombs at home and gave them to the individual, along with a bag of gloves, a mask and a license-plate cover, to complete the job, authorities alleged.

He showed the person 10 devices hidden in emptied-out containers of stuffing mix, breakfast bars and pasta, authorities said.

"Barnett told the [confidential source] not to let the box bounce around or they would explode," according to the complaint. He reassured the source that they wouldn't kill anybody, it said, but they would "take your hand off."

According to the complaint, the individual went to authorities on Monday and turned over the devices — thwarting the plan.

An explosives expert determined that the homemade explosives — 1-inch shells stuffed with explosive powder, to be triggered by a battery — "were capable of causing property damage, serious injury, or death to nearby persons upon detonation," the complaint said.

Rocket motor ignitors, M-5000 explosives and batteries were found in a search of Barnett's home, according to the complaint.

If he's convicted, Barnett faces up to 10 years in federal prison.
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Guess he missed the target...
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The sign on the store isn't an instruction?
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Worst stock manipulation scheme ever...
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Seems his plan kind of blew up in his face.
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Ten years?! That's it? Fuck him.
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Ten years?! That's it? Fuck him.
oh i'm sure someone will
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Worst stock manipulation scheme ever...
I'm betting he didn't even short it.
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Because Floriduh, was he mad about the bathroom policies?
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What we need is an EO banning travel within Florida. Isn't that what we do now?
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Guess he missed the Tar....oh never mind
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What we need is an EO banning travel within Florida.
No, I think we need to ban travel from Florida to any other US state. Either that or put up a wall to separate FL from the rest of the states.
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he thought his scheme was da bomb but instead he totally bombed out... now his rectum will be blasted on a regular basis in prison


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No, I think we need to ban travel from Florida to any other US state. Either that or put up a wall to separate FL from the rest of the states.
As long as Trump pays for it and we kick him out of the freakin' state.
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Why couldn't he just masturbate in the dressing rooms like the rest of Floridians?
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