Five arrested for gunpoint theft of soldier’s weapon

Police received a call about an attack on an IDF soldier and the theft of his automatic weapon while he was being held at gunpoint.

By
June 3, 2018 19:13
1 minute read.
machine gun

Man holding a machine gun (illustrative). (photo credit: INGIMAGE)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and Border Police arrested five Israeli citizens in connection with the theft of a soldier’s weapon last week, the police announced Sunday.

The incident took place last Sunday evening at the Beit Kama junction. Police received a call about an attack on an IDF soldier and the theft of his automatic weapon while he was being held at gunpoint.

Police units were called to the area and searched for suspects. Police soon arrested three suspects, aged 22, 18 and 17, who were allegedly involved in the incident and who handed over both their own gun and the weapon they stole from the soldier.

The three, residents of the Negev, allegedly worked together to kidnap the weapon. According to the police, the 22-year-old took a car from one of his brothers without his permission, drove to the West Bank and obtained a fake license plate which he put on the car. He then took his younger brother, another relative and the other two suspects with him to perpetrate the crime. Police did not provide details regarding the other two.

While the soldier was walking in the area of ​​Beit Kama, they emerged from their vehicle and, after a violent struggle, grabbed his weapon while threatening him with their own pistol.

The suspects have been held since their arrest and are awaiting trial as the investigation continues.

The nature of the incident was criminal, police said.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

July 21, 2019
Israel beats Spain to win the Under-20 basketball title

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN

Cookie Settings