Man Arrested for Planning to Bomb Target Stores

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A Florida man has been arrested and charged after reportedly planning to bomb multiple Target stores on the East Coast so the company's stock would plunge, ABC News reports.

Investigators say Mark Charles Barnett made at least 10 bombs powerful enough to sever someone's hand, and was planning on putting them in "stuffing mix, breakfast bars and pasta," the criminal complaint reads. He also allegedly offered an unnamed individual $10,000 to place the bombs in several stores along the East Coast, according to the affidavit supporting the criminal complaint cited in a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida.

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," the release states.

Instead of doing as asked, however, the individual contacted law enforcement.

Barnett has been charged with "possession of a firearm (destructive device) affecting commerce by a previously convicted felon," according to the release. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison if convicted. According to WFTV, Barnett was already on probation and wearing a court-ordered GPS monitor for multiple felony offenses, including kidnapping, multiple counts of sexual battery with a weapon or force and grand theft.

A Target spokeswoman told ABC News, "Target commends the law enforcement agencies responsible for apprehending this individual. As this is an active investigation, please contact the Public Affairs Office for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida with any additional questions."

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