The 23-year-old man in the northern Vologda region apparently hooked the small steel bridge to his tractor and hauled it away to sell as scrap metal.
Police told Russia's RIA Novosti news agency they followed the trail the bridge left on the ground to the suspect's house in the village of Frolovo. The man had allegedly used a cutting torch to break the structure down into smaller pieces, but had not yet sold them.
RIA Novosti said the alleged bridge thief was added to the roster of daring Russian metal thefts, which includes several locomotives and a special bicycle ridden by a circus bear.
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