Two thieves in Nantong, Jiangsu province truly worked for a bit of extra pocket change by illegally stripping the top layer off of a 410-meter road in Nantong, Jiangsu. The men managed to get the job done in a matter of days, and had only just sold the concrete slabs before their scheme was foiled by police.
The rural road in Nantong city was constructed in 2008 and was still in perfectly good condition, Asia One News reports, citing the news portal Guancha. That’s likely why villagers were so surprised a couple of weeks ago to discover that the surface of the road had seemingly been scraped right off.
Seeing as the village committee hadn’t approved a plan to remove the road, police got down to business to discover how, exactly, the thing could’ve seemingly disappeared overnight.
Actually, it was two days. That’s how long it took for two men, identified as Gu and Yang, to dig out more than 630 tones of concrete slabs with an excavator and truck—without anybody noticing.
They’d sold the slabs to a quarry for more than 12,000 yuan and were just about to split up the spoils when they were tracked down police, who’d spotted a farm vehicle transporting the concrete on footage from roadside cameras. Gu later confessed to masterminding the plan.
“As this road was not often used, I thought I might as well dig out some stuff and make some money.”
And he would’ve gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for those meddling cops.
This isn’t the first case of a piece of seemingly permanent infrastructure up-and-disappearing. A thief in Nanjing last July sparked both awe and confusion when he stole 24 bus stops under the cover of darkness for reasons that have yet to be explained.
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