Brothers steal bridge

2011-10-16 08:42

New Castle - Two brothers have been charged with stealing a western Pennsylvania bridge and selling the fifteen-and-a-half tons of scrap metal for more than $5 000.

Police say 24-year-old Benjamin Arthur Jones and 25-year-old Alexander Williams Jones of New Castle used a blowtorch to break up the bridge in late September or early October. They face felony charges of criminal mischief, theft, receiving stolen property and conspiracy.

Authorities say Alexander Jones told a recycling company employee that he had permission to carve the bridge for scrap and showed the employee cellphone photos of the bridge. The recycling company called the police.

The 15m long by 6m wide Covert's Crossing Bridge was in a wooded area about 100km north of Pittsburgh.

The brothers' phone numbers weren't listed, and it's unclear whether they have attorneys.

- AP
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