In an unusual incident thieves stole an entire bridge, apparently for its scrap metal, in the Turkish province of Kocaeli. The 20-ton bridge, which was 25 metres long, was in a village in Kocaeli's Gölçük district and was regularly used by villagers to cross a creek to reach their orchards.
The villagers were astonished to discover the disappearance of the bridge on Monday morning as they were making their way to the orchards and immediately alerted the police.
Police arrived at the scene and determined that the bridge had been cut apart and loaded onto a truck by the thieves. They believe the bridge was stolen for scrap metal. Its worth was an estimated TL 20,000 (£7,400, $11,100).
Villager Mustafa Karakaş said that he couldn't understand how a bridge could be stolen, saying it was unbelievable. “Now we have to take our socks off and cross the creek,” he added. Police have launched an investigation to capture the perpetrators.