PATNA (AP) — A gang of cunning scrap metal thieves dismantled and fled a disused 500-ton iron bridge in eastern India, police said Saturday, pulling off the unlikely heist by posing as irrigation officials.
The theft of the bridge was reported on Wednesday in the state of Bihar, one of the poorest in the country.
Police officer Subhash Kumar told AFP that the robbers came disguised as government irrigation officials.
They brought in bulldozers and gas cutters and trashed the structure before escaping with the loot for two days, Kumar said.
“They took the scrap in a heavy vehicle,” he said.
Thieves had been undermining the 50-year-old structure, built over a water channel, since another nearby bridge opened to the public five years ago.
Police launched an investigation into the bizarre incident on Thursday, but no arrests have been made so far.