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."
David Pescovitz is Boing Boing's co-editor/managing partner. He's also a research director at Institute for the Future. On Instagram, he's @pesco.