Teenager ‘lured pizza delivery men into robberies’
Officers use Facebook to help track down suspect.
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Police charged a 16-yearold resident of the central region on Wednesday with a
series of brutal robberies of pizza delivery men.
An investigation was
launched at the end of July after one of the robbery victims called the police’s
emergency number to report an attack.
The robbery victim said he was
called out to Moshav Magshimim, near Petah Tikva, to deliver a pizza, when a
youth wielding a metal pole attacked him.
The youth stole 2,000 shekels
and a valuable cellphone.
Police launched an investigation, which saw
officers employ Facebook to help track down the youth.
“Today, there are
a number of computer programs that can assist in locating suspects,” a police
source familiar with the investigation told The Jerusalem Post. “Once certain
characteristics are available, we can go through Facebook to search for
“We are increasingly using this tool in investigations,” the
In recent days, youth police officers swooped on the
suspect’s address and arrested him.
In the police interrogation room, the
suspect at first denied all suspicions, but was then presented with alleged
evidence linking him to the crime.
“He confessed, admitting to two other
aggravated robberies of pizza delivery men,” police said.
allegedly used a public pay phone to order pizza, sending out the victims to
desolate locations at nights.
He then allegedly waited with a second
youth for the delivery men to arrive, before assaulting and robbing
“He also stole their motorbikes, went on joyrides and set the
vehicle on fire,” police added.
Police said the youth described each
robbery in great deal.
“We are still searching for his accomplice,” the
police source added.