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Man arrested after stealing part of public road

By Mason White 5:35 AM August 2, 2013
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By: Sarah Weiss
A man was arrested and charged with theft related charges after he was caught with stealing part of a road, according to police reports in Russia.

Syktyvkar Police said they arrested a man accused of stealing 82 reinforced concrete slabs that made up part of a road on the outskirts of the city.

Investigators said that the man, 40, whose name was not revealed, allegedly used machinery to dismantle the road linking the village of Parcheg with the village of Vychegda River.

The suspect then allegedly loaded the slabs, with a total value of $6,100, in three trucks. The trucks were later stopped by police.

The man has been charged with theft and faces up to two years in prison if convicted.

This was not this first time a man in Russia stole public property. As we reported earlier, a man was arrested and charged for stealing a bridge after police traced down the robber by following the drag marks, which were left behind when the thief hauled the stolen bridge away, according to police reports on Russia.

Police said that they arrested the Russian man for stealing the bridge this week after the skid marks led police to his home.
The man, 23-years-old, of the northern region of Vologda, apparently hooked the small steel bridge to his tractor and pulled it away to sell it as scrap.

Police said that all they did was follow the trail of the bridge left on the ground all the way to the suspect’s home in the village of Frolovo. The man, who allegedly used a cutting torch to break the structure into smaller parts, did not manage to sell anything yet.

The alleged bridge thief was added to the list of the most daring Russian metal robberies, which also lists the theft of several special locomotives and a bicycle ridden by a circus bear.