A ten-ton pedestrian bridge over railroad tracks, built in 1901, has been stolen in the Czech Republic.
The incident occurred near the town of Sokolov in the country's west. The miscreants provided local authorities with forged documents authorizing the dismantling of the bridge, which they proceeded to carry out with the help of a crane. In addition, they stole 200 meters of rail tracks, and screws used to fasten them to the sleepers.
The entire procedure was carried out under the watchful eye of the police.
It is assumed that the thieves will pass off the stolen goods as scrap metal and earn about six thousand dollars, while the actual damages are estimated at several hundred thousand, according to specialists.
This is not the first case of bridge theft in the Czech Republic. In 2008, there were two such cases.