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Five members of a Colombian gang operating in Israel were charged on Wednesday
with a string of sophisticated robberies.
The suspects, two men and three
women, were arrested last month in Tel Aviv after their alleged offenses were
covered on the Channel 2’s Kolbotec investigative television
“They arrived in Israel as tourists, and conspired to carry out
sophisticated property crimes including the thefts of jewelry and gold from
stores,” police said.
In several of the incidents, some of the suspects
distracted a store clerk, while other members of the ring stole expensive goods,
The suspects allegedly carried out reconnaissance on
targets. In one case, the suspects allegedly ambushed two residents of Beersheba
who withdrew tens of thousands of shekels from a bank.
entered a vehicle to leave the bank, but were blocked by one of the suspects,
while a second suspect slashed the vehicle’s back tire, police said. The car
drove on, but became stranded by the puncture. As the two robbery victims
stopped to change the tire, one of the suspects reached in to the car and stole
the bag of money, police said.