Men who were “foreign speaking” raised the suspicion of local law enforcement while they were shopping at a Walmart in Lebanon, Missouri at 4:00am.
Laclede County Sheriff Wayne Merritt was alerted after the Middle Eastern men attempted to purchase 60 disposable cell phones at one time. Employees were immediately worried, as the men spoke very little English and no one in the small town recognized them. They were acting suspicious, and something didn’t seem quite right. That’s when his officers acted swiftly!
A large number of cellphones bought in the early morning hours set off concern in Lebanon.
Police say just before 4am Saturday morning, two men purchased about 60 phones from the Walmart store.
Police were called, but after talking with them police say they didn’t have a legal reason to detain them.
But they did call the FBI.
“I’m not going to say just because they’re a different religion or because they’re Muslim. But these people were, they were foreign-speaking. You need to take notice, you need to let us know about it because it doesn’t hurt to check on it. You’re not being racist or anything like that. You’re just protecting yourself,” said Laclede County Sheriff Wayne Merritt.
After the San Bernardino shooting, several media outlets reported some neighbors noticed suspicious activity at the home of shooters Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik.
No reports were made, however, out of fear of being accused of racial profiling.
Police say cellphones can be potential tools in the hands of terrorists.
Besides their use in communication, they can also be used as detonators for bombs.
This was a brave move by Walmart employees and local law enforcement! As we saw in San Bernardino, California, “political correctness” has a chilling effect on the reporting of suspicious behavior. The store clerks were right to wonder just why anyone would be buying so many disposable cellphones. It is essential for every American to be on alert!
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