Stolen: ten ton bridge

In the US, it's not uncommon for thieves to steal copper wire and plumbing from homes. But in Slavkov, Czech Republic, a gang made off with a ten ton metal footbridge. This beats the 4 ton bridge stolen in the Czech Republic in 2008 that Cory posted about. Apparently, this gang had "official" documents approving the dismantling. Gives new meaning to the phrase, "I've got a bridge to sell you." From The Telegraph:

"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," he said.

"It was only after they had gone that checks were made and we realized we'd been had. The cost of replacing the bridge will run into millions."

"Czech metal thieves dismantle 10-ton bridge"


  1. My father worked at Bethlehem steel, in Western PA, and always told the story of the middle manager who stole a pre-fab building, and borrowed the work crew on company time to assemble it along a lake. It’s now (or was as of 10-15 years ago, when this story was told to me) a restaurant. 

  2. Some US states have laws on the books to deter this. Provisions may include registering buyers and sellers, requiring sellers to show ID, imposing liability for accepting stolen goods, etc. Making the laws consistent and getting them actually enforced is another matter. But it seems like things are getting bad enough that even legislators with an anti-regulatory bias will see the need to take meaningful action.

    1. During the rush of immigration in the 50’s con men would take advantage of the unwitting tourists and refugee’s and offer to sell them the Brooklyn Bridge for a real ‘deal’. Now it is used in reference to being gullible. “If you believe that well, I have a bridge to sell you”. Sometimes you see the phrase as “I have swampland in Florida to sell you” or as below “Ocean Front Property in Arizona”. Additionally you can google it to find out more. 

      1. It’s funny you should mention swampland, my child, because I just so happen to have some prime acreage available, just ripe for development.  If you act now, I’ll throw in a gen-u-ine eastern European bridge absolutely for free.

  3. Hey this is free enterprise.  Who needs laws and regulations.  These folks are job creators!

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