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Robbery Suspects Face Enhanced Charges After Explosion

September 4, 2007, 4:40 p.m.

KTIV photo of rural homeBurglary charges will be enhanced against whomever cut the propane lines in an Onawa, Iowa man’s home, after the homeowner died from injuries suffered in an explosion.

Last Tuesday, authorities believe at least one person broke into Earl Thelander’s home and stole copper tubing from his basement.

The Monona County sheriff believes they cut the home’s propane lines in the midst of their robbery.

Thelander, who was badly burned by an explosion in the home later that day, died over the weekend.

Sheriff Jeff Pratt says the investigation into the theft is ongoing.

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