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No.. That’s STEAL the Bridge – Not Blow it up!

This group of itinerant morons apparently didn’t get the email, text message, or tweet…

This is more like it, complete with a taste of the paranormal for drama…

And it (bridge stealing) has even gone international!

Thieves Make Off With 10-Ton Bridge

Thieves recently got away with stealing a 10-ton bridge in the Czech Republic earlier this year. How, do you ask, were thieves able to steal a bridge? It’s simple really.

A railroad spokesman Pavel Halla reported that the theft, which was worth millions, happened when a group, claiming that a bridge in Slavkov had to come down. Halla stated:

“The thieves said they had been hired to demolish the bridge, and remove the unwanted railway track to make way for a new cycle route.”

They came with very convincing, albeit forged, paperwork, which passed inspection, allowing the thieves to dismantle and take away the bridge, along with 650 feet of unused railroad track. Halla went on to stated that:

“It was only after they had gone that checks were made and we realised we’d been had. The cost of replacing the bridge will run into millions.”

This is not the first bridge to be stolen in the Czech Republic, though it is the largest. In 2008, thieves made off with a 4-ton railway bridge outside the Czech city of Cheb. A police spokeswoman stated of that theft that, “We are not sure if it was taken for personal use or for its scrap value.”

While stealing bridges is not a regular occurrence, stealing metal has become a commonplace activity, especially in the face of an economic crisis. Thieves have been known to strip copper wire from the insides of traffic lights and street lights. Metal theft in Great Britain is estimated to cost the economy about £770 million every year.

 
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Posted by on May 1, 2012 in Domestic terrorism

 

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Thieves Steal an Entire Bridge!

There are a fair number of old abandoned railroad bridges around the country in some fairly out of the way areas…

But stealing an entire bridge?

This one gets an “A” for Audacity!

Nice Bridge Photo of a Common Railroad Bridge Type. Could not find a Photo of the Missing Bridge.

How Does an Entire Bridge Go Missing?

Police in North Beaver Township, Pennsylvania are scratching their heads right now. Why? A 50-foot long, 20-foot wide steel bridge just disappeared. How? Apparently, some very bold criminals just up and stole it.

Stealing a bridge, as you’d imagine, is a pretty complicated crime. This isn’t some 90s era magic trick people. The local police suspect that the bridge robbers worked at this for over a month. They presumably used a blow torch to cut the corrugated steel and then somehow moved the pieces—steel beams and such— to sell for scrap metal. That couldn’t have been easy as each foot was estimated to weigh hundreds of pounds. But why oh why would you even bother stealing a bridge? Because the scrap metal is estimated to be $100,000. Oh.

But even knowing how it happened, I’m still left wondering, how does this happen!? It’s a crime that’s so far out there that no one really knows what from how and who from why. In fact, police say the bridge went missing some time between September 27th and October 5th. That’s a pretty long range for something that big to go missing, right?

And who in the right mind would look at a bridge and go hey, I think I can take that down. How do they transport it? Who are they selling it to? And how come no one noticed earlier? (this has a more reasonable answer, it’s deep in the woods and the bridge is an old railroad bridge). Will they re-build the bridge? Were the robbers really there for a month? Are they going to steal another one? Is this going to set off a bridge stealing bonanza? Hey, I’d actually like that. Life would be more exciting if more bridges got stolen. Robbing bridges is the new black.

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2011 in Nawwwwww!

 

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