Would-Be Times Square Bomber Bought SUV on Craigslist

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Police in New York City say the SUV that was packed with explosives and left in Times Square was purchased through Craigslist just two weeks ago.

Officers questioned the last registered owner of the car on Monday. He said he sold the 1993 Nissan Pathfinder to a "Middle Eastern" or "Hispanic" man through an ad he placed on the online classifieds site. CBS News reports the man paid in cash -- $1,300 in $100 bills. However, the New York Daily News puts the sale price at $1,800.

The Daily News also reports police have identified a "person of interest" in the case. They are not sure if this particular man is the one who left the car in Times Square Saturday night. But his girlfriend hasn't seen him since, and he hasn't shown up to his job or his home.

Police say the vehicle identification number was removed from the dashboard. But it had been stamped elsewhere on the car. The license plates on the SUV were traced back to a car found at a Connecticut auto repair shop.

Police say the explosives were crude, but they could have been deadly had they gone off. Fortunately, someone saw smoke coming from the car and called police. They were able to disarm the device, avoiding a potential disaster.