Police say a neighborhood man stole copper piping from a vacant home in the Wissinoming section of Philadelphia, causing a natural gas leak and explosion that leveled the two-story house Saturday afternoon.
Michael Migliaccio, 35, was arrested later that night.
The house on the 4700 block of East Howell Street had been vacant for about a year, and was for sale, according to Philadelphia police.
No major injuries were reported in the collapse. A fire department dispatcher said crews are still excavating the home to make sure there was no one inside.
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Steven Johnson had everything in place for a late-night surf and turf snack and a nightcap early Thursday morning: steak cooling on the stove, clams and shrimp in the refrigerator and bottles of coconut rum and vanilla vodka chilling in the freezer.
The 24-year-old does not live at the 339 William St. home, but his snacking did not seem to bother the couple fast asleep on the living room couch.
So, on his way out, Mr. Johnson made himself a to-go bag.
Just as Mr. Johnson walked out of the kitchen, the man on the couch, Phillip Schwartz, woke up and watched him head out the door and called the police, according to a criminal complaint filed by city police Officer Melissa Forsette.