You Don't See that Every Day: Thieves Steal Bridge

Thieves steal many things. And there's a spectrum when it comes to what gets boosted. On one end of the thievery spectrum we have taking gum from a grocery store. Small, easy and quick. We work our way over and there's stealing CDs from Walmart, there's clothes from a department store -- all the way up to stealing cars and robbing banks.

Well, how about stealing a bridge? Now that's not easy. But it didn't stop a thief (more likely a group of thieves) from making off with Covert's Crossing bridge in Pennsylvania (pictured).

First, there is the how. Apparently, the thieves used blow torches to dismante the 50-foot-long by 20-foot-long bridge and disappear. Considering each of the steel I-beams weights hundreds of pounds, they obviously had trucks at the ready.

Now we get to the why? As in why steal a bridge?

Well, for the metal. Given the state of the economy, you start to see more instances of metal theft. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review estimates the bridge is worth $100,000 given its beams and steel web decking.

“Its old I-beams are probably hundreds and hundreds of pounds per foot,” nearby resident Robert Obed told CNN affiliate WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh. “It’s an old railroad bridge.”

Accroding to CNN: "Covert's Crossing is in a remote wooded area of the rural township, which is home to 4,000 people about 50 miles north of Pittsburgh. The bridge had been around since the early 1900s and was owned by New Castle Development, who told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the company had recently closed off public access to the crossing because of reports of copper theft in the area. Company spokesman Gary Bruce said that bridge was primarily used by a nearby business to transport materials, but there is an alternative route that is still accessible."


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