FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Police in Michigan are dealing with a heavy mystery after a man reported a 5,000-pound bridge stolen from his property in a Detroit suburb.
Robert Cortis filed a report with the Farmington Hills Police Department Wednesday saying he visited his property in Farmington Hills, where he no longer lives, and discovered the 5,000 pound wood-and-steel bridge his father constructed decades ago was missing.
"My heart dropped. I felt lost," Cortis told WXYZ-TV. "It has sentimental value."
Cortis said he had visited the property Wednesday to begin arrangements to have the bridge transported to his catering company to serve as a setting for wedding photos.
Cortis said he will not seek to press charges if the bridge is returned.
"If we can get it returned, the police investigation is over," he said. "If not, it continues on."
Police in New Castle, Pa., said a 50-foot-long steel bridge was stolen from an industrial park in 2011 and sold for scrap metal. Police said brothers Benjamin Arthur Jones, 24, and Alexander William Jones, 25, dismantled the bridge over the course of several days and made $5,000 from selling the steel. They were both charged with felony counts of criminal mischief, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal conspiracy.