Police: Stolen Ohio Bridge Found, Man Facing Theft Charge

The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
December 23, 2021USshare
Police: Stolen Ohio Bridge Found, Man Facing Theft Charge
An Akron police car in September 2016. (Google Maps/Screenshot via NTD)

AKRON, Ohio—A 58-foot-long pedestrian bridge stolen from an Ohio city last month has been found and a man is facing charges, police said.

Akron police said investigators acting on tips and other information Friday afternoon found the missing span partially disassembled on property in Sharon Township in neighboring Medina County. A man has been arrested and charged with felony theft, police said.

The Akron bridge, described as a Lego-like structure, once crossed a river in Akron’s Middlebury Run Park near Goodyear’s world headquarters. It was taken down in 2003–04 as part of a wetland restoration project and was stored on park property with plans for it to be reused for a Battered Women’s shelter project.

Police discovered on Nov. 3 that someone had removed the treated deck boards of the 10-foot-wide, 6-foot-tall structure. On Nov. 11, they found that the metal frame had been taken.

A 63-year-old man was charged with felony theft, according to Akron police and court records. Authorities allege that he paid a trucking company for crane service and the firm picked up the bridge and took it to Medina County.

The suspect was scheduled for arraignment later this week in Akron Municipal Court. An official said Monday he has no attorney yet; listed phone numbers for him were not in service.

The bridge is expected to be shipped back to Akron in the coming days, police said.

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