Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Scrapping by...

In the Czech Republic the unemployed supplement their welfare checks with whatever they dig up:
Notable thefts

...Feb. 2008 Litvínov, north Bohemia: A 33-year-old man was caught pilfering more than 300 kilograms of metal worth 20,000 Kč [about $1,200 USD]. Police arrested the man as he was loading the loot into his vehicle

Feb. 2008 Karviná, north Moravia: Police arrested a 21-year-old man for stealing four sewer lids, two motors, a gear box and 20 tractor weights and selling them to a scrap yard, causing total damages of 15,200 Kč [about $900 USD]

Dec. 2007/Jan. 2008 Cheb, west Bohemia: Unidentified thieves dismantled and removed a disused 4-ton, 4-meter-long railroad bridge, causing 20,000 Kč in damages

July 2007 Kladno, central Bohemia: Thieves attempted to steal scrap from an abandoned factory. Unfortunately, they chose the steel girders supporting the roof, which subsequently fell, fatally crushing two thieves and injuring three others. They earned the Darwin Award, an international anti-prize for deaths resulting from acts of stupidity

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