Russia road raid! Thief steals entire stretch of highway

Road raid! An over-ambitious Russian thief managed to steal 82 blocks of concrete slabs from a whole stretch of a busy highway without anyone noticing.

Last Updated: Aug 07, 2013, 13:44 PM IST

Moscow: Road raid! An over-ambitious Russian thief managed to steal 82 blocks of concrete slabs from a whole stretch of a busy highway without anyone noticing.

The 40-year-old allegedly ripped up dozens of concrete slabs that formed the road outside the northwestern city of Syktyvkar, officials here said.

He apparently used an industrial manipulator - a combined forklift truck and bulldozer - to chisel away 82 blocks worth 200,000 roubles (USD 6,100), the `RIA Novosti` reported.

The stony swag was then loaded up onto three large trucks.

It`s not clear what time the man allegedly carried out the crime, or whether he tricked drivers into thinking the road was closed.

Police have detained the thief, who is resident of the northwestern city of Syktyvkar.

However, he was only busted when cops randomly stopped and searched the three vehicles.

The suspect has confessed to the theft and faces up to two years in prison, the report said.

It remains unknown what he intended to do with the stolen concrete.

PTI