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The Mysterious Disappearance of Grand Cayman Scuba Tanks

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Night after night, swimming or kayaking from boat to boat, thieves have quietly ripped off George Town dive operators of thousands of dollars' worth of scuba tanks. Over several months, more than 50 tanks have been taken from boats in the harbor, apparently between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.

It's not clear where the tanks are going. Dive operators are convinced there is no significant on-island resale market and speculate they are either being shipped overseas or sold for scrap metal. "They have to be being stolen to order," one operator said. "No one is swimming out every night taking dive tanks without being able to sell them." Businesses have invested in security guards and new locked storage lockers and suffered from a reduced capacity to cater to divers....

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