Resident Accused of Stealing Road in Russia's Northwest

Police have detained a resident of the northwestern city of Syktyvkar who stole 82 reinforced concrete slabs that formed a road outside the city.

The man is suspected of using an industrial manipulator to dismantle the slabs from the road that links the village of Parcheg in the republic of Komi with the Vychegda River.

The slabs, worth overall 200,000 rubles ($6,100), were then loaded onto three trucks, which police later stopped, the regional interior department said in a statement.

The suspect, born in 1973, who had a criminal record, admitted his guilt. He faces up to two years in prison for the theft.