Friday, August 27, 2004

“Someone Said We Could Have It”

These guys are industrious, I’ll give them that.

Aug. 27, 2004 | SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — In what could qualify for Ripley’s Believe It or Not, seven thieves stole an entire 13-yard bridge near the southern Bosnian town of Mostar, police said Friday.

Over several days, the group dismantled the metal bridge built during the Austro-Hungarian empire 150 years ago, transported the parts to a local junk yard and sold them, a police statement said.

While it all happened in a remote mountainous region, local villagers saw the thieves loading parts of the bridge into vans and alerted police last Friday. The seven men were arrested and are being held pending a decision by a prosecutor.

Without disclosing their names, police said the Gypsies, or Roma, sold the metal parts for $170.