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18 April 2014, Friday
 
 
Today's Zaman
 
 
 
 

Thieves steal entire bridge in western Turkey

VILLAGERS WERE ASTONISHED ON MONDAY TO DISCOVER THE DISAPPERANCE OF A BRIDGE IN THEIR VILLAGE IN THE KOCAELI PROVINCE. (PHOTO: İHA, UĞUR ULU)
12 March 2013, Tuesday /TODAYSZAMAN.COM, İSTANBUL
In a most unusual incident thieves on Monday stole an entire bridge, apparently for its scrap metal, in the western province of Kocaeli.

The 22-ton bridge, which was 25 meters long, was in a village in Kocaeli's Gölçük district and was regularly used by villagers to cross a creek to reach their orchards. The villagers were astonished to discover the disappearance of the bridge on Monday morning as they were making their way to the orchards and immediately alerted the police.

Police arrived at the scene and determined that the bridge had been cut apart and loaded onto a truck by the thieves. They believe the bridge was stolen for scrap metal. Its worth was an estimated TL 20,000.  

Mustafa Karakaş, one of the villagers, told the İhlas news agency that he couldn't understand how a bridge could be stolen, saying it was unbelievable.

“Now we have to take our socks off and cross the creek,” Karakaş said.

Police have launched an investigation to capture the perpetrators.

 
 
COMMENTS
That's what you get for going to bed early. If you just stayed up all night, this sort of thing couldn't happen.
Colin Wright
wow,I thought I have heard of everything,now this. an entire bridge being stolen. whats next?,,the whitehouse?
super/metal warrior
“Now we have to take our socks off and cross the creek,” Karakaş said. WHAT IF SOMEONE DOESN'T HAVE SOCKS? HOW WILL THEY GET ACROSS?
Andrew
bu....I don....whut? How? And...where do you sell that? Melting it down would require a pretty big smelter. It's not like you can just wiff it down to market and sell the bits. Which scrap yard would, after reading this, accept 22 tons of assorted scrap and not call the cops?
wickedragon
And I thought this only happened in South Africa where whole buildings vanish under the very noses of the police!
Annette
This is the most important news event of the century. Hopefully the bridge stolen is to be used as a bridge elsewhere, hopefully for a town who has more than 4 people who uses it.
Boggs
Serious?!?!?! On one hand, that is awful but on the other... That's hilarious!!!! Did no one hear or see this???
dm
“Now we have to take our socks off and cross the creek,” sorry but lol.
Jaal
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