This one might be really hard to believe, but considering the fact that thieves will take just about anything these days, perhaps our perception has changed.
Police in Akron, Ohio are left entirely perplexed over the strange theft of an entire bridge.
Yes, you read that correctly.
The bridge in question is 58-feet in length that spans the Little Cuyahoga River in Akron’s Middlebury Run Park.
The walkway had been taken down for a brief period of time due to a wetland restoration operation.
In the meantime, the bridge was left in the nearby field to wait until the project was finished.
At the time, no one had been keeping an eye on the bridge since we’re all likely to question why someone would even want to steal a bridge.
Surprisingly, however, on November 11, 2021 police received a call informing them that the bridge was missing from its spot in the field.
Police on the case are saying they “have not heard of anything that large stolen” before.”
Police Lieutenant Michael Miller also stated “I have not heard of anything that large — albeit it disassembled but actually stolen, I can’t think of anything comparable in my 22 years [on the job].”
“We know it will be met with mystery and questions: who and how and why? All of those are unanswered. It ranks high on the list of mysteries, that’s for sure,” he added.
The strangest part is that no one had observed anything odd happening to the bridge before it was stolen.
And according to authorities, the thieves didn’t just pick up the entire bridge at once to steal it, instead they took it apart to steal piece by piece.
Miller shared that the thieves could’ve easily taken the bridge apart, comparing it’s structure to a set of Lego blocks.
“Essentially the bridge is made of some sort of polymer. It’s connected by some bolts. If you have any equipment, sockets, and things of that nature, it wouldn’t have been very difficult at all to begin the process of disassembling that. It’s described as a big Lego-like device.”
But still the question remains: why did these thieves steal a bridge?
When you really think about it, this bridge wasn’t cheap, valuing at about $40,000.
“It could be used for a variety of different things as simple as landscaping or they could use it for some other engineering project, some other large-scale project,” Miller mused.
Perhaps the thieves were hoping to sell the parts as scrap to a recycler.
Unfortunately for them, the polymer material is difficult to repurpose.
Miller says, “Someone that might mistakenly think there is a particular scrapping value of that particular material. Maybe they are mistaken and now they’re stuck with, ‘well, what do we do with it? It went beyond impulsive.”
“Someone in the viewing area has access to some information that we need and this is the ‘whodunit’ where we really need the community’s help to point us in the right direction to find the people responsible for removing that bridge,” Miller continued.