in the South arrested two deaf men in their 20s on Tuesday on suspicion
of exploiting their hearing impairment to steal equipment worth
thousands of shekels.
"While one suspect distracted victims and attempted
to communicate with them using sign language, the second would steal
equipment," police said in a statement.
suspects, residents of the Beduin community of al-Sayad, first became
the target of a police investigation after a man who works in the
building maintenance industry reported expensive equipment missing.
Officers at the Rahat police station used CCTV
footage to track the suspects down, and say the two can be seen lifting
the equipment from the man's parked vehicle. Several additional items
suspected to be stolen from other locations were recovered from the
suspects' property, police said.
After being arrested, the suspects were questioned with the help of a sign language interpreter.
"They had no choice but to confess after being presented with all the evidence against them," police said.