Police believe that two men from Rishon Lezion carried out dozens of burglaries
of elderly couples in the Tel Aviv area in recent months, using the same method
to get the victims to leave their homes, after which they duplicated keys and
returned later to rob them.
The two men, Dekel Cohen, 26, and Eliyahu
Aviad, 23, were arrested on Monday when they were spotted by police leaving an
apartment in the Bavli neighborhood of northern Tel Aviv.
The police, who
had been on surveillance at the site of previous robberies, gave chase and found
Cohen carrying a bag with jewelry. They said that in one of Aviad’s hands was a
duplicate key to one of the apartments in the building.
trying to see if they can tie the men to over 20 other burglaries, and in the
Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday they sought to prove that the men
repeatedly used the same method.
Though they were reluctant to give up
details in court, police said later that the two men used a number of methods to
get senior citizens out of their homes, after which they would duplicate the
house key and return later to burglarize the premises when the occupants were
To initially get the residents out of the house, the men allegedly
called them and said they had a package waiting at the post office, or posed as
delivery men and asked to be buzzed in to the building.
On at least one
occasion they allegedly followed an elderly woman in a supermarket and took her
key out of the shopping cart, made a mold of it and then followed her home to
see where she lived. Days later, they returned when she was out and robbed
The men are also accused of taking part in a robbery in which an
elderly woman was assaulted after walking in on them. In court it emerged that
the woman had not been able to positively identify the suspects.
Tuesday the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court ordered Cohen and Aviad’s remand
extended by an additional five days, and not the 11 days sought by police.