Someone “craned” for attention in stealing a bridge from a local park.

It is a case that, when you first hear it, might require a suspension of disbelief. But the mystery of a 58-foot bridge that was reported missing from a property in Akron, a case that gained national attention, has been solved by Akron police.

The Akron bridge served as a crossing over a river in the Ohio city’s Middlebury Run Park near Goodyear’s world headquarters, but it was taken down years ago as part of a wetland restoration project. The bridge was stored on park property as officials planned to have it repurposed for use in a battered women’s shelter project.

Police discovered in early November that the treated deck boards were missing from the bridge, which was described as having a Lego-like structure. About a week later, they discovered that the metal frame for the 10-foot-wide, 6-foot-tall structure had also disappeared.

According to the Akron Beacon Journal, officers with the Akron PD tracked down the missing bridge. Not long after the story broke, tips started coming in. After following up on those tips, Akron PD was able to locate the bridge in the next county over. They served a search warrant for the property of David Bramley, a 63-year-old Wadsworth, Ohio resident.

Moreover, Akron police published an update on Facebook:

“Friday afternoon, around 2:45 p.m., a team of police officers converged on a property in Medina County and conducted a search warrant. During a search of the property, the bridge was found partially disassembled. Bramley was arrested and charged with Felony Theft. Members of the Akron Police Department work tirelessly every day to foster and strengthen relationships while enhancing public trust throughout the community. Utilizing the spirit of those partnerships, detectives, along with law enforcement personnel from neighboring jurisdictions, were able to help locate the stolen bridge and bring this investigation to a close. Arrangements are being made to ship the bridge back to Akron in the coming days.”

APD arrested Bramley for possession of the missing bridge and he will be arraigned in Akron Municipal Court on Thursday, December 23rd. The alleged bridge thief is facing a charge of felony theft. According to an Ohio-based law firm, that charge will carry up to 18 months in prison and up to $5000 in fines.

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Sources: AWM, Beacon Journal

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