FLORIDA: Feds Bust Man In Complex Scheme To Bomb Target Stores So He Could Buy Their Stock Cheaply

The Orlando Sentinel reports:

An Ocala man made at least 10 explosive devices in hopes of blowing up Targets along the East Coast in an elaborate and deadly scheme to buy cheap stocks of the company, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Mark Charles Barnett, 48, was charged with possession or a possession of a destructive device affecting commerce by a previously convicted felon. He faces a maximum of 10 years in federal prison.

Barnett concocted a plan to place explosives disguised as food items in Target stores along the East Coast from Florida to New York, thinking the plot would cause stock prices for the retail-store giant to plummet and he could buy cheap shares of the company before they rebound, a federal complaint alleges.

He paid a man $10,000 to place the bombs on shelves, the complaint said. On Feb. 9, Barnett gave the man at least 10 explosives, a bag of gloves, a mask and a license-plate cover, which would be used to cover up the man’s identity, prosecutors said.

  • olandp

    10 years? If this isn’t terrorism, I don’t know what is.

    • Tawreos

      He is white and trying to make money, how could it be terrorism?

      • bambinoitaliano

        He might challenge Trump for the next election.

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      • cleos_mom

        He was “in the business to make money”. How could anyone object?

    • DaddyRay

      It is only terrorism if the guy is muslim or if Target carried Ivanka merchandise

      • Gustav2

        Carrying Ivanka merch is terrorism!

    • Rambie

      Because his skin color and supposed religion.

    • None of the bombs went off, so they can’t apply the charge of terrorism. Had even one done so THEN they could have thrown the entire HSA arsenal at him.

      • Tawreos

        Except he would still have been white and an American so still not likely.

        • You’d have to add “filthy rich” to that list – I remember a certain not-so-rich white American in Oklahoma….

      • Earl

        They’ve charged a number of people with plotting an act of terrorism.

        Of course, I don’t think any of them were white.

  • Droz

    Here’s hoping the laws deciding what is and isn’t considered a terrorist act or a bit less foreigner leaning than NY.

  • Tawreos

    I am not up on my stock prices, but I am betting 10 grand would have bought more than a few shares. Just checked current price he could buy ~153.00.

  • GeneInSJ

    When I saw that on GMA this morning I had to laugh. You can’t make this stuff up.

  • John

    So that’s what Steve Bannon looks like without the hairpiece!

  • Ross

    I was expecting the last line in the story to be:

    Barnett voted for Trump.

    • Todd20036

      You know he did

    • That’s a given.

    • BlindBill

      They never mentioned the religion of the terrorist either …. Hmmmmmm

      • boatboy_srq

        If they pointed out his Xtianism, Tony Perkins would be shrieking “purrsecushun!!!” all the way to SCOTUS.

      • Chris Baker

        He’s a white American, so he’s a Christian, right? Christian terrorist.

      • Xiao Ai

        WHY AREN’T WE SAYING IT??? This is “Politically Correct” run amok!!! Libruhls, elitists,… blah, blah, blah,…

        Coffee anyone?

    • spamky

      Can felons vote in Florida?

  • Michael R

    The Steve Bannon method .

  • Texndoc

    Financial wizard.

  • Boreal


  • Michael McReavy


  • Florida Man reaches new extremes of weirdness. i don’t even…

  • Todd20036

    Even if he managed to set off the bombs, the stock might have dropped for a day or two.
    And golly gee, someone bought 500,000 shares of it. Not at all suspicious.
    Hope the judge throws the book at him

    • boatboy_srq

      “I have the money, so short another million shares of Skyfleet.”

  • Earl

    So, will he be charged with attempting a terrorist operation? Or is he going to be considered a “white collar” criminal?

    Oh yah. Florida. He’s a lone white wolf, isn’t he?

    • Stogiebear

      He was just standing his economic ground. That’s a real defense. Right?

      • Earl

        Only if you’re a billionaire.

  • crewman

    I sure hope is right to own arms is not infringed. The NRA needs to stay on top of this.

  • Damn… if he’d have targeted Walmart he’d be a national hero!

    Bets on how long before this wackadoodle is nominated for NSC seat?

    • Tawreos

      If he targeted Walmart where would he shop?

  • TexasBoy

    Move along, nothing to see here, just a Trump-era capitalist.

  • Kevin Perez

    Too stupid to know how to do securities fraud!
    You FIRST sell the stock short then buy it back AFTER the price goes down.

  • Henry Auvil
    • greenmanTN

      If only…

    • Goodboy

      Bugs needs to go farther up.

  • greenmanTN

    He seems nice…

  • T-Batwoman

    I’m surprised he didn’t target their bathrooms to ride the crazy christian train…….

  • Jmdintpa
  • boatboy_srq

    Free Marketz bytchez!!!!11!1!

    This is part-terrorism, part industrial sabotage.

    Saddest thing is that this arsewipe will get a slap on the wrist because white male.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    If he’s got 10,000 grand to give and lots of money to invest in Target after the bombs went off, he couldn’t find a better way to use that money to make more money?

    Buy a Subway franchise? Or perhaps buying an condo in a Trump property for investment purposes? I hear their value is way down – just like this guy hoped to to to stock prices.

    • canoebum

      The reason is simple, almost all criminals are stupid.

    • Ray Taylor

      Still a long way left to fall.

  • Tiger Quinn

    Do you ever look at people’s pictures and wonder how they can just the same age as you, when they look ten years older? Next up, bombing the Walgreens so the lines are shorter.

    • boatboy_srq


      And then you remember what a toll bitterness and hatred take on your person.

  • Cackalaquiano

    Dude. Way too much effort. Just wait for the Republicans to tank the economy, then buy your stocks.

    • teeveedub

      Of course, he’d then have to be sure that a Democrat would be the next president, because history shows that Republicans tank the economy and Dems restore it.

  • boatboy_srq

    is it just me, or is this entire incident poorly cribbed from Casino Royale?

  • Clive Johnson

    Hmmm… Why isn’t the White House mentioning white right-wing terror plots like this one?


    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Hmm, … doesn’t fit their narrative?

  • TJay229

    Ok question:

    Would he be considered a White Terrorist?

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      You betcha!

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Florida is not sending us their best people. Some are economic terrorists, some are just plain crazy and a few, I guess are good people. Built the WALL and make Florida pay for it!!

    • Maggie 4NoH8

      TX too

  • Halou

    Tired of winning.

  • Gigi

    Florida + Trump supporter = Bad Romance

  • Jon Doh

    Maybe naming the stores Target wasn’t such a good idea, and that logo.

    • TuuxKabin

      HA! I think you’re correct.

  • bambinoitaliano

    So if he had successfully bombed Target and devastated the stocks value how in the heck is he going to bring the stock back to its previous value? Bomb the company’s competitors to oblivion? Must be a playbook he read from cheetolini.

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  • sword

    So the FBI stopped another Middle Eastern Muslim terrorist! Ooops…nothing here…keep moving.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    What is it with Florida?

    • CatApostrophe

      My SIL is there right now. Her take: “I think all the sun has melted these people’s brains.”

  • Jeffrey

    Odd looking muslim. But he certainly seems to have a firm grasp on how the stock market works. How is 10 years the max for attempted murder of many people?

  • Alex in Idaho

    Oy, Ocala. My family moved there, and my sister can’t wait to retire and get out of there. “There’s no intelligent life here, Scotty!” Anyone with brains or ambition gets the hell out of there, leaving…well, people like this guy.

  • Puckfair52

    Does he wasn’t a Cabinet Position!

  • Puckfair52

    A sex offender do we know what kind?????????????????

  • Professor Barnhardt

    “He paid a man $10,000 to place the bombs on shelves,…”

    So right away he has to buy enough shares, more likely options, to clear that amount. He’s trading in bigger amounts than I ever have. So if he’s got that kind of cash lying around, what does he need bombs for?

    • Reality.Bites

      Ask any movie producer

  • BeaverTales

    Wall Street is our new Everything, and people like this just latch onto a tit and start sucking the system dry from the other squealing little piggies..

    You don’t have to work a single day of your life if you know how to play the HFT game. Just watch CNBC and let your computer do the work

  • Acronym Jim

    Who cares about the bombs, did he try to use the women’s room? /s

  • Gerry Fisher

    The White Privilege version of “By Any Means Necessary.”

  • -M-

    You have to admit it’s a more coherent plan than anything Cheatolini has offered.

  • Robert Conner

    It really is time to look at reinstating the death penalty.

  • Reality.Bites

    Mark Burnett, eh? Guess he’s hurting without Trump. Sad

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Trump’s America, gotta love it. /s

  • KQCA

    10 years, maybe 4 with good behavior. You could bet he’s a white male before even seeing the photo. At least the feds have us all safe by arresting that Mexican mother doing laundry and that little old guy bicycling the ice cream cart. Yeah, they really had us in danger.
    Everything is topsy-turvy.

  • White Christian terrorism!