October 7th, 2011
12:16 PM ET

Thieves dismantle, cart off steel bridge in Pennsylvania

Metal theft is not a new phenomenon in the U.S., nor is it a surprising one given the state of the economy. But a thief or group of thieves in North Beaver Township, Pennsylvania, has raised the bar by stealing a 50-foot-long by 20-foot-wide bridge for scrap metal, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Authorities say the privately owned Covert's Crossing bridge, which was made of corrugated steel, has been valued at approximately $100,000 and was dismantled using a blowtorch sometime between September 27 and October 5. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that it contained a steel web decking along with steel I-beam supports.

“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.”

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.

Bridge theft, while certainly rare, is not unheard of. In 2008, a group of Russian thieves managed to dismantle and haul off a 200-ton, 38-foot steel bridge in just one night, according to a report from Britain's Daily Mail.

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  1. sh8un

    They're taking this bridge to add it to the Sara Palin's road to nowhere.

    October 7, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. @Americans did it

    Stup up, you ass hole!

    October 7, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Saintchuks

    I wonder wat those animal need dat bridge 4 or maybe somfin is in it /like it is made of gold/

    October 7, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sans_Modesty

      You can't be serious!?

      October 7, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dylan, Bob - singer

    @Americans did it: yeah, because the natural leap from bridge-stealing is always to 9/11. Moron.

    October 7, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Max brooks

    Redneck gold mine; a bridge in the woods!

    October 7, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Really???

    Are times that hard people? Sad.

    October 7, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chris

    Real Steel!

    October 7, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ken

    probly took the bride down to the mexican border so the illegals won't get their feet wet

    October 7, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. leeintulsa

    LOL! Stole a bridge..

    October 7, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mrsH11

    Here's a thought...maybe the company that owned the bridge dismantled it themselves to file on some insurance policy?? Check their finances! Sounds like an inside job!

    October 7, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. xavi

    I have a bridge I can sell to you... No, really!

    October 7, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Penn Stevenson

    Black magic is what the ni ggurss do best.

    October 7, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Penn Stevenson

    Since this required hard work it was clearly NOT a group of buhlack people!

    October 7, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Earl Weaver

    Wanna buy a bridge?

    October 7, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Thebes

    Its only news because it was poor metal scroungers who stole the bridge.
    It if was corporate America, it would have been called an entrepreneurial investment in foresaken infrastructure.

    October 7, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
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