A Zhejiang man surnamed Chen has been arrested after he dismantled and stole a 100-year-old stone bridge in his town, with the hope of selling its rocks for some 40,000 RMB. Police retrieved the disassembled bridge at a slate yard 50 kilometers away from its original location.
South China Morning Post reports:
Chen hired a crane operator to disassemble the bridge into more than 30 parts, which were loaded onto two trucks. The operation, carried out in the middle of the night, went unnoticed.
Villagers recalled hearing noises but did not investigate, believing it was coming from a nearby construction site.
They were dumbfounded the next day to see the empty space over the river.
The bridge was originally built from donations by the town’s residents, although it has since been surpassed in use by newer, better roads. Nevertheless, just because a bridge gets less use doesn’t mean it becomes a random villager’s stone-quarry jackpot.