Rishon Lezion police on Sunday arrested two local youths on suspicion that they extorted thousands of shekels from a 10-year-old boy from their neighborhood.
According to police, about two weeks ago two 13-year-old boys allegedly accosted the victim as he was walking home, held him and threatened to harm him if he didn't give them money. The boy reportedly told them he didn't have any money, but that he knew where his mother hid cash at home. The boys allegedly then followed the boy home and waited downstairs as he dropped NIS 8,000 out of the window. Police say the two suspects then went on a spending spree, bingeing on pizza, whiskey and hookahs. The two reportedly spent NIS 3,000 on pizza alone.
Police said both of the suspects have had run-ins with the law in the past, for breaking into cars.
The extortion incident came to light on Sunday when the victim's mother called the police after discovering the money was missing and questioning her son.
The two teens were arrested shortly thereafter and were brought before a Rishon Lezion juvenile court on Monday, where they were released to house arrest.
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