KEENE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - A couple have been arraigned for allegedly trying to steal metal from charred debris of a historic bridge in Ionia County, days after the blaze.
Daniel and Nicole Dines from the Belding area are charged with a theft less than $200, the sheriff's department told 24 Hour News 8.
Police say the two took several hundred pounds of scrap from the bridge site, when someone spotted them and called police.
Police said the suspects loaded more than 300 pounds of metal from White's Bridge into a pickup truck. Deputies stopped them as they tried to leave the scene July 9.
The 146-year-old bridge between Belding and Lowell, which was the oldest covered bridge in use in Michigan, burned in the early morning hours of July 7.
Investigators confirmed the case is arson and the search continues for whoever is responsible. There is a $7,000 reward for information to help authorities. Anyone with information is asked to call the Ionia County Sheriff's Department at 616.527.5737 or Silent Observer at 616.527.5737.
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