Police indict members of 'violent robbery gang' in South

Suspects accused of ambushing elderly victims at home and robbing them; police say "special means" employed to catch them.

December 13, 2010 15:57
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police car 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

Police in the South arrested 12 men suspected of being part of a violent gang that committed a string of brutal robberies against elderly victims and businesses across the country.

The arrests follow an undercover investigation led by the Lachish Police sub-district’s central unit.

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Police described the gang as a hierarchical organized crime syndicate made up of 12 members, with each one allocated a special role.

The gang was headed by two recently released convicts named as Avdayav Azar, 22, and Ilkanayav Ruslen, 30, both of Sderot, according to police.

The “brains” behind the gang was named as Yitzhak Drori, “who acted as an adviser and informer, and who was a full partner in carrying out crimes... and provided technical instructions to members,” police said.

One of the suspects turned state’s witness during the investigation and told police how the gang operated.

Southern district state prosecutors submitted an indictment against the suspects at the Beersheba Magistrate’s Court on Monday. The indictment sheet accused the suspects, among other things, of violently robbing a man in his Jerusalem home, binding and gagging him while threatening to kill him, and beating him unconscious in April 2010 before locating a safe and stealing its contents.

In August 2010, the indictment sheet said, the suspects arrived at the home of a 75-year-old man in Sderot and ambushed him after he opened the door, binding his mouth and demanding to know where he kept cash.

The suspects allegedly punched the man in the face, tied his legs and arms with plastic handcuffs, and threatened to stab him while one suspect held a knife. The suspects then allegedly made off with a bundle of cash.

“They did not turn down any means to carry out their plots, and used brutal violence,” police said in a statement.

“Some of their victims are emotionally scarred to this day,” they added.

Police said “special means” had been used to gather evidence against the alleged gang, adding that the investigation crossed the borders of police districts.

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