FBI Looks Overseas After Threats Phoned to Stores, Banks in U.S.
By Joe Milicia Associated Press Saturday, September 1, 2007; D02
The callers have threatened to set off a bomb unless store employees wire money to an account abroad. At a Dillons grocery store in Hutchinson, Kan., the caller ordered customers and workers to take off their clothes and threatened to force them to cut off a manager's fingers.
Store workers have been so frightened in at least five cases that they've wired thousands of dollars to the caller.
Police in Newport, R.I., said workers at a Wal-Mart wired $10,000 to the caller. Authorities in Buchanan, Mich., said flustered workers at a Harding's Market sent $3,000 to an account in Paraguay, instead of Portugal as the caller demanded.
The FBI is examining those wire transactions and is working with authorities in Europe to locate possible suspects.
When the federal government creates a nation based on fear, this is the result.
Desperate to not be harmed in any way, we cashed in our John Wayne image for Bozo the Clown.