The unorthodox crime was allegedly committed by a 40-year-old Russian resident of Syktyvkar. The road had linked Parcheg with the Vychegda River before the mastermind carried in off in 82 reinforced concrete slabs.
How does one steal a road? NBC News reports:
Police uncovered the highway robbery when they pulled over a convoy of three heavy trucks carrying the slabs, which they said had been removed with a manipulator, an industrial machine that combines a bulldozer and a forklift.
The Interior Ministry valued the slabs at 200,000 rubles, or about $6,095.
The penalty for stealing a road in Russia? Up to two years in the pokey.