Bridge Stolen and Sold For Scrap

Two Pennsylvania brothers have been charged with stealing a bridge and selling it piecemeal to a scrap yard.

Police say Benjamin Arthur Jones, 24, and Alexander William Jones, 25, of New Castle, Pa., dismantled a 40 by 15 foot bridge by using a torch to take apart pieces. Between Sept. 16 and Sept. 28, 2011, the brothers stole the entire bridge and then sold the steel for $5,000.

Owners of the rarely-used bridge that spanned a small creek finally noticed it missing and notified police, according to State Police Trooper Randolph Guy, who investigated the theft. Scrap yard employees helped lead police to the Joneses.

The bridge was once used to access a fireworks manufacturing plant, but was no longer regularly used. It was owned by the New Castle Development Corporation and located in a wooded area in North Beaver Township, according to police.

The brothers are facing felony charges including criminal mischief, theft, receiving stolen property, and criminal conspiracy, and are being held on $25,000 bail.