Two unemployed brothers are headed to trial on charges they stole a western Pennsylvania bridge and cut it up for scrap.
Twenty-four-year-old Benjamin Arthur Jones and 25-year-old Alexander William Jones, of New Castle, are accused of using a blowtorch to dismantle the 50-foot-long and 20-foot-wide Covert's Crossing Bridge between Sept. 27 and Oct. 5.
The New Castle News ( http://bit.ly/oKfjAQ) reported Friday the brothers waived a preliminary hearing on charges including theft so a district judge would lower their bond. Benjamin Jones' attorney says the brothers did that to get out of jail.
The brothers are accused of selling 31,000 pounds of steel from the privately owned and rarely used bridge in a wooded area about 50 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. They were arrested last week after the scrap company that paid them nearly $5,200 notified police.
Information from: New Castle News, http://www.ncnewsonline.com