Two brothers in the US have been accused of stealing a bridge in western Pennsylvania and selling the scrap metal for 5,000 dollars

Benjamin Arthur Jones, 24, and Alexander Williams Jones, 25, both of New Castle, Pennsylvania, are accused of breaking up the 50-foot steel bridge with a blowtorch and selling 15-and-a-half tons of it as scrap metal.

According to police, Alexander had told a recycling company that he had permission to dismantle and sell the privately-owned bridge, but the company became suspicious and alerted the cops.

People of the town were shocked when the rarely used bridge disappeared.

"I couldn't believe it," The New York Daily News quoted Gary Bruce of New Castle Development, which owns the bridge, as telling the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"It's a lot of work," he added.

The bridge, locally known as Covert's Crossing bridge, was in a wooded area about 60 miles northeast of Pittsburgh and was estimated to cost 100,000 dollars.

The culprits have been charged with criminal mischief, theft, receiving stolen property and conspiracy.