(photo credit: Courtesy)
A truck carrying calves from southern Israel to a ranch on the Golan Heights was
taken over by a masked gunman north of the Dead Sea on Tuesday in a robbery
scene reminiscent of a Wild West film.
The driver of the two-story
semi-trailer, which was ferrying dozens of Australian cattle, became suspicious
when he saw a car following him in the Dead Sea area.
After seeing the
car had vanished, the driver made a rest stop. At that stage, suspects appeared
wielding firearms, and ordered the driver to start the truck and head into the
In the Ma’aleh Adumim region, the driver was placed in a
second vehicle, while one of the robbers got behind the wheel of the truck and
headed off in the direction of Ramallah.
The driver was abandoned in the
fields of Kibbutz Almog in the West Bank with his hands and eyes bound and
ordered to walk to the main road, where he was able to hitch a ride and contact
Police tracked down the stolen truck in the Ramallah area and
returned it to Israel. A joint Israel Police and Palestinian Civilian Police
investigation is underway to track down the stole animals.