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Metal thieves steal bridge in Salem Twp.

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LISBON, Ohio - A basic frame is all that's left of Larry Watkins' bridge off of Lisbon-Canfield Road.

Salem Township Constable Dan Valentine said, "The homeowner had been out of town for about four days and when he returned home he discovered it."

Watkins lives on Route 344, but he built the bridge so that he would have access to Lisbon-Canfield Road.

The thieves took approximately 25 to 30 steel planks.

"They're approximately 10 feet long and about a hundred pounds, so we definitely know it took more than one person to carry the beams away. There's definitely two or three people involved," Watkins said.

The homeowner tells police he built the bridge about 12 to 15 years ago and the materials he used back then were worth a thousand dollars.

And that's the same amount of the reward that Watkins has posted for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of those who took his bridge.

Valentine has checked several scrap yards in and out of the area and says he has received some promising leads.

With scrap metal selling for approximately $250 per ton, the thefts continue to be a growing problem in the area.

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