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Pennsylvania pair 'stole bridge'

Published 15/10/2011 | 21:32

Two US brothers have been charged with stealing a bridge and selling the metal for scrap
Two US brothers have been charged with stealing a bridge and selling the metal for scrap

Two brothers have been charged with stealing a western Pennsylvania bridge and selling the 15.5 tons of scrap metal for 5,000 dollars (£3160).

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

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

The 50ft-long by 20ft-wide Covert's Crossing Bridge was in a wooded area about 60 miles north of Pittsburgh.

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