Monday, January 28, 2008

but there was a bridge here last night

In our area there was a rash of metal robberies. Thieves broke into into homes and cut the copper pipes out of the homes while the owners were away. Fortunately, the crimes stopped when the thieves were apprehended... stealing the pipes from a home that belonged to the chief of police.

But that is nothing. Small potatoes.

A real accomplishment of metal-theft happened in Khabarovsk, Russia earlier this month when an entire metal bridge went missing overnight.

The missing bridge was 38 feet long and weighed 200 tons. It was on the only road leading to a heating plant.

Officials assume that the bridge was stolen for scrap metal. No picture was available of the actual bridge because, well, it is still missing.

Interestingly, a similar thing happened in Macedonia where two bridges were stolen. Fortunately, the thieves were caught when they tried to sell a couple hundred tons scrap metal to a scrap yard.

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