Cops: Florida Man Had Bizarre Plan to Tank Target Stock


A Florida man is in custody charged with plotting a bombing campaign as part of a bizarre investment strategy. Investigators say Mark Charles Barnett, 48, planned to put 10 bombs disguised as food items on the shelves of Target stores along the East Coast, NBC reports. 

Court documents state that Barnett believed the bombings would tank the company's stock, "allowing him to cheaply acquire shares of Target stock before an eventual rebound in prices." 

The registered sex offender was busted after offering a man $10,000 to place the explosive devices in Target stores in New York, Virginia, and Florida. The man went to authorities instead, giving them the devices Barnett had provided and explaining the plot.

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