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How not to evade police I
Earlier this week, Ashkelon police received reports of a suspicious vehicle driving in circles around the Cosmos Supermarket facility. Witnesses gave police the vehicle's information, describing its passengers as two suspicious bearded figures who were asking people in the parking lot how to get to the nearby train station.
After receiving the reports, police began searching for the suspicious vehicle. At the same time, railroad security received a report that train traffic had been stopped because a vehicle was seen traveling northward on the tracks between Ashkelon and Ashdod.
The suspicious vehicle, a pick-up truck, was finally stopped by Ashdod police and a transit security vehicle near Ashdod Junction.
And what would possibly motivate such a creative choice of 'roadway'? The driver, it turned out, was hauling a truck full of stolen metal parts, and had hoped his creative route would allow him to evade the watchful eyes of police.
How not to evade police II
National traffic police apprehended an Ofakim resident Sunday evening after he was caught driving at the dizzying speed of 140 km/h on Route 40 between Goral Junction and Lehavim.
Upon initial examination, the police discovered that the recklessly speeding driver was intoxicated. They further discovered that the recklessly speeding, drunk driver was driving without a valid license.
As if that were not enough, police were then shocked to discover that the recklessly speeding, unlicensed drunk driver was an escaped prisoner who had been sentenced to 27 months in prison for - what else - driving under a suspended license! The man, who brings a new meaning to "repeat offender," has a rich prior record, and was arrested yet again by local police.
How not to break out of prison
A warden at Dekel Prison was surprised on Tuesday afternoon to notice that a prisoner was wandering freely, dressed in a sweatsuit, in Park HaLochem, an area - while within the detention compound - that was off-limits to prisoners at the time. When she stopped the prisoner, his garbled answers to the warden's questions aroused her suspicions, and she handed him over to the shift commander at the nearby Eshel Prison.
The prisoner, a Palestinian who had been convicted of both working illegally in Israel and stealing a car, was a month away from parole after serving nine months in prison. He was doing his time in the open wing of Dekel Prison and had apparently jumped over a fence while spending a few of his morning hours outside.
For some reason, however, the would-be escapee had spent his hours of freedom wandering around inside the prison compound, which comprises three separate jails. The Israel Prisons Service was investigating the incident.