Times Square bomb plot SUV was Craigslist buy

Last registered owner of the 1993 Nissan Pathfinder says he recently sold the vehicle to a man for $1,300 cash in $100 bills via the classifieds site.

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Sources tell CBS News that the last registered owner of a 1993 Nissan Pathfinder containing a homemade bomb and found in Times Square on Saturday night told authorities that he recently sold the vehicle to a "Middle Eastern"- or "Hispanic"-looking man for $1,300 cash in $100 bills via Craigslist.

Authorities interviewed the Pathfinder's registered owner on Sunday night but say he is not a suspect in the case. The vehicle identification number on the Pathfinder had been removed from the dashboard, but it was stamped on the engine and axle. Its license plates came from a car found in a Connecticut repair shop.

In addition to this lead, police are also trying to track down a man seen on a surveillance tape released by the New York Police Department earlier this morning, which shows a man in his 40s in Shubert Alley near Times Square removing a dark-colored shirt to reveal a red shirt underneath, and looking around "furtively." Authorities are also reviewing a tape, yet to be released, shot by a Pennsylvania tourist who was filming the mounted police officer, Wayne Rhatigan, who initially responded to a suspicious-vehicle report.

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