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Thieves Attempt to Steal Bridge in Marion County

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

The Marion County Sheriff's Department says an effort to steal a bridge Wednesday morning was foiled by a torch cutting through a hidden methane gas line in one of the support pipes.   

Sheriff Jerry DeVore reports the bridge was on a Citation Oil Field Road near the Nation and Selmaville Road intersection.  The sheriff's department was called after one of the torches being used to try and cut up the bridge ruptured the gas line that was carrying methane gas away from an oil rig.  

There was no fire or explosion, but the leak was apparently enough to scare those off who were trying to cut up the bridge.  DeVore says they left their cutting torch and tanks behind.  So far they have not been located.  

The sheriff believes they were planning to cut up the bridge to sell the metal as scrap.    

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