Charles Barnett had a big plan to bomb several Target stores and use the explosions to help him get rich.
Barnett, 48 lives in Ocala Florida and devised a plan to bomb several Target stores from Florida all the way to New York.
The bomber solicited the help of a man who turned out to be a law enforcement informant. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida issued a statement about the suspected bomber.
“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.”
A report from Reuters said the bombs were disguised in the packaging for products and the informant was picked to place them on the shelves. According to Reuters, the bombs were placed in packages of pasta, stuffing mix and breakfast bars.
Barnett had the whole thing planned out and made the bombs and hid them well. He hired a convicted felon on probation to assist him in his deadly get-rich scheme, but the felon turned out to be an informant.
When it came time to place the bombs, Barnett gave them to the informant with gloves, a facemask and a cover to conceal his license plate. The Ocala Star Banner is reporting that Barnett also promised $10,000 for the help of the informant blowing up 10 different Targets.
Luckily the informant turned over all the bombs to police and on Monday, the authorities search Barnett’s home and found more bomb parts.
On top of being a bomb maker and horrible tax advisor, Barnett is also a registered sex offender and on probation himself for kidnapping, sexual battery and grand theft.
The bomb maker has been charged with possession of a destructive device and a charge of affect commerce and faces up to 10 years in prison.
Barnett isn’t linked to any formal terror group.
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