Homeless man charged with cutting pieces off bridge

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - Around 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning, a Petersburg police officer observed Charles Pond, a 52-year-old homeless man from Petersburg, carrying a metal cutting device and a long price of railing from the Martin Luther King, Jr. bridge.

After his arrest, police discovered more parts of the bridge that he had removed on his person. Further investigation revealed that Pond had allegedly sold more than 145 pounds of similar railing pieces to Cal's located at 101 Boulevard in Colonial Heights the previous week.

Charles Pond is in Petersburg City jail, without bond, on charges of grand larceny, destruction/removal of property and possession of burglary tools. Damage to the bridge did not result in any traffic issues and repair will be scheduled soon.

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