By Kevin Deutsch
A disgruntled worker tossed multiple propane canisters into the designated smoking area of a Coral Springs storage warehouse earlier this month, possibly to “blow up” the devices and injure employees, police records show.
The incident happened July 14 at Victory Van Corporation, a moving and storage company at 4050 NW 126th Ave., after the suspect — a driver working with Allied Van Lines — arrived to pick up a delivery.
According to a Coral Springs Police incident report, employees at the business said the alleged culprit “was upset about the policies put in place by the warehouse, wherein each item had to be marked off and accounted for before loading the truck.
“He had been pretty verbal about it throughout the day with the warehouse manager and had joined in on smoking breaks at the designated smoking spot outside” the storage bays, according to the report.
Police reviewed video surveillance showing the man throwing red and green propane tanks into the designated smoking area, the report states.
The alleged culprit “walked past a dumpster located directly next to the smoking area and made no attempt to throw them in the dumpster,” officers wrote.
Employees at the business told police one of the propane tanks tossed by the man had possibly been punctured.
“The complainant believes the subject did this to possibly injure the employees smoking on their break by having the canisters blow up,” police wrote.
Coral Springs Talk is not naming the man because he has not been charged with a crime.
The alleged canister tosser, a 47-year-old resident of Ontario, Canada, “was upset and agitated all day over the warehouse policies in place when it comes to loading items from the warehouse to his truck,” according to the report.
The propane canisters – classified by police as “destructive devices” – were still outside the warehouse bays when officers arrived.
A crime scene technician removed them from the area and processed the scene for further evidence, police said.
The surveillance video viewed by officers was uploaded into evidence, and the case was turned over to Coral Springs Police Detective Machelle Quinones-Reinoso.
No arrest had been announced as of July 23.
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