Friday, October 07, 2011

Thieves steal a rural bridge in Pennsylvania

Scrap metal thefts are not new to rural areas, but stealing an entire bridge may be. Pennsylvania State Police say a bridge 50 feet long and 20 feet wide bridge was dismantled and stolen in a remote wooded area of the rural North Beaver Township in Lawrence County between Sept. 27 and Oct. 5. Authorities believe a blowtorch was used to dismantle the bridge, which containing steel web decking and I-beam supports.

The bridge, owned by New Castle Development, was infrequently used by a business to transport materials, a company spokesman told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The bridge was about 100 years old and valued at close to $100,000. New Castle had recently closed the private bridge following several copper thefts in the area. (Read more

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