The days of casually crossing a creek are over if you live in the Gölçük district of Kocaeli province in western Turkey. Which maybe you don't. But the point is that someone stole a 22-ton, 82-foot-long bridge from there. It's just gone.
Police suspect that the bridge was cut into sections and removed on a truck for scrap metal. Its estimated value is about $11,000. Villagers use the bridge to access their orchards, and a resident, Mustafa Karakaş told Today's Zaman that, "Now we have to take our socks off and cross the creek."