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Police: Two scuba tanks found at explosion scene were stolen

ST. PETERSBURG — Police said on Thursday that they determined there was stolen equipment at the scene of the deadly scuba tank blast that took place Sunday morning.

Russell Vanhorn II, 23, was killed when the tank he was holding exploded inside a condo at 5865 37th Ave., authorities said.

Vanhorn was recently charged in Pasco County with misdemeanor petty theft. He was accused of taking a dive reel from his former employer, Scuba West in Hudson, in April. The shop reported that other scuba gear was also missing but authorities said there was no evidence to charge Vanhorn.

But now St. Petersburg police say two tanks that were reported missing from the shop were found inside the condo. Police have not yet determined if the tank that blew up also was stolen.

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation. Vanhorn will be buried Saturday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Police: Two scuba tanks found at explosion scene were stolen 09/15/11 [Last modified: Thursday, September 15, 2011 6:22pm]
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