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Authorities in Ohio Probing Theft of 58-Foot Bridge

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Authorities in Ohio Probing Theft of 58-Foot Bridge

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A common anecdote that used to suggest someone is easily fooled involves mentioning the sale of a bridge. This joke traces back to George C. Parker, a notorious American fraudster from the early 1900s who managed to trick numerous individuals into “purchasing” the Brooklyn Bridge. Of course, it’s impossible to buy a physical bridge from someone. However, if the bridge were to be stolen in its entirety, that would present a different scenario.

Recently, individuals from Akron, Ohio, strolling through Middlebury Run Park were shocked to find that the park’s 58-foot bridge had vanished. Indeed, all 58 feet of it. The bridge had been dismantled from its supports over the Little Cuyahoga River and was placed in an open area. Initially removed as part of a wetlands restoration initiative, the bridge was intended to be repurposed elsewhere, but now it has disappeared entirely.

Investigators from the Akron Police Department have disclosed that the bridge is primarily composed of polymer composite segments, implying that disassembly wouldn’t have been overly challenging. Lieutenant Mike Miller conveyed to WJW-TV, “The majority of the bridge is made of polymer and primarily connected with bolts, so if someone had the necessary tools like sockets, disassembling it wouldn’t have posed significant difficulty at all.”

The authorities are operating on the presumption that the stolen bridge, whether in its complete form or individual components, will be repurposed elsewhere by the thief, as the parts do not hold much recyclable value. Lt. Miller mentioned, “The stolen bridge could be employed for various purposes, ranging from simple landscaping to potential use in another engineering or large-scale project.”

The search for the missing bridge remains ongoing at the time of this report.

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