Whiting Man Convicted in Bridge Stealing Case

“According to records in the case, between December 2014 and January 2015, without authority the defendant dismantled the Monon Bridge in Hammond, Indiana, and transported pieces of the bridge to Burnham, Illinois” statement from US Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch

US Department of Justice News Release

December 13, 2018-According to a statement from US Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch, a Whiting man was convicted of interstate transportation of stolen goods after a 4 day jury trial. According to the statement, 68 year old Kenneth R. Morrison of Whiting will be sentenced on March 21, 2019. “According to records in the case, between December 2014 and January 2015, without authority the defendant dismantled the Monon Bridge in Hammond, Indiana, and transported pieces of the bridge to Burnham, Illinois where he sold the scrap for $18,000. He also sold parts of the bridge to a scrap dealer in East Chicago, Indiana. CFX Railroad gifted the Monon Bridge to the City of Hammond in 1987. The bridge, built in 1910, spanned the Grand Calumet River near Marble Street in Hammond” the statement read.

5 Comments

  1. Wrong… just wrong… that bridge was going to rot and further contaminate the river… he was doing just fine until some nosy busy body made a ruckus about it.
    Turn him loose!!!

  2. Stepped out one morning to find a man in a truck, waiting with the engine running, while his lady friend ripped aluminum siding off an abandoned property. A few weeks later, they came and took down gutters on an “occupied” rental – saying that they had permission from the owner. Those that applaud people for taking what doesn’t belong to them have no idea how far this type of notion reaches – until their copper or aluminum comes up missing. It’s not something to encourage.

  3. I would say the majority of people don’t realize how much historical significance this bridge had. In fact, it is featured in many railway books and publications because of it’s ties to the Hammond railroad scene.
    Furthermore, this bridge is featured on the bridgehunter.com website as a historical landmark. Nonetheless, it would’ve been nice if it could have been preserved in some way. On the other hand, you have some knucklehead scrap dealer who just decides to help himself to the profits earned from scraping it. By condoning this, you encourage others to help themselves to something that doesn’t belong to them. I’m not sure if he’ll receive prison time, but at the very least, I’m betting he’ll be forced to pay a huge restoration penalty to the City of Hammond. Rightfully so!!

  4. Hammond looks like a group of keystone screw ups. Someone takes down a bridge and no one with in the glorious city of Hammond knows about it until it is down?

    How incompetent? Very!

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