Ever hear the expression, “He never stole a freight train”?
Benjamin Arthur Jones, 24, and Alexander Williams Jones, 25, both of New Castle, Pennsylvania, are accused of breaking up the 50-foot steel Covert’s Crossing bridge with a blowtorch and selling 15-and-a-half tons of it as scrap metal.
According to police, Alexander had told a recycling company that he had permission to dismantle and sell the privately-owned bridge, but the company became suspicious and alerted the cops.
The bridge…was in a wooded area about 60 miles northeast of Pittsburgh and was estimated to cost $100,000 . — TruthDive.com
More ambition than brains. And you really gotta admire the work ethic.
Metal theft is on the rise nationally. Scrap metal prices have never been higher. Foreclosed homes, which are everywhere, have led to spiked theft of copper wiring. Big cities report missing manhole covers — have you ever tried to lift one of these? It’s like trying to bench press Gov. Christie. Even train rails have been stolen.
Who says American ingenuity is dead? When times get tough, the crime gets creative.
If the cops don’t keep an eye on these two entrepreneurs, they’ll have their handcuffs sold off to the highest bidder before the paddy wagon pulls up to the hoosegow. Hell — they may negotiate a deal for the bars of their cell. It’s hard times in places named Beaver.
Meanwhile, there’s a Creek somewhere with a bridge out. That sort of explains the photo.
PS Thanks to everybody who visited the blog on Sunday, mostly to read Friday’s post (“It’s In The Bag”). Right about 1,200 hits, about 10 times what I usually see on a Sunday, when I rarely post.