The rarely used Coverts Crossing Bridge
was located in a remote area of western Pennsylvania, approximately 60 miles north of Pittsburgh.
The Associated Press
reports that the brothers used a blowtorch sometime in late September or early October to dismantle the 50-foot-long by 20-foot-wide bridge. The entire structure weighed about 15 and a half tons.
The brothers then took it to a scrap metal company and sold the pieces for $5,000. One of the brothers told an employee at the company that they had permission to carve the bridge, and then proceeded to actually show the employee pictures of the bridge on his cell phone. The scrap metal company, suspicious of the story, contacted police shortly thereafter. The brothers have since been detained.
According to Global Post
, the bridge was built in 1887 and was worth an estimated $100,000. It was also allegedly haunted
by ghosts of people who had met their demise on the bridge.
There has been no word yet on whether a replacement bridge will be constructed.