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FBI: Beware of Teddy Bear Bombs

Thursday, 14 February 2002 12:00 AM

The FBI issued an alert earlier this month to law enforcement agencies in the Southwest to be on the lookout for the man, clean-shaven and possibly an Arab, who on Jan. 15 bought the bears along with 14 small canisters of propane and 12 packets of BBs, which authorities fear could all be used to turn the plush, beloved children's toys into anti-personnel bombs.

"After Sept. 11, that purchase warrants that we take a closer look," Matthew McLaughlin, spokesman for the FBI office in Los Angeles, told CNN.

The warning was contained in a terrorism alert issued Feb. 4 to 350 law enforcement agencies, including those at airports and in Salt Lake City where the Winter Olympics were under way. It asked that the driver of a white delivery truck who made the purchases be held for questioning.

McLaughlin said the man, described as possibly of Middle Eastern descent, was not wanted on criminal charges, but the bureau was eager to speak with him.

CNN described the white-and-red teddy bears purchased in the Los Angeles suburb of Stevenson Ranch as 20 inches tall, large enough to conceal the 9-inch propane canisters and a quantity of BBs that would act as shrapnel if the stuffed bears were indeed fashioned into a bomb.

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