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A Palestinian car thief was caught in the act by police last week, while wearing
a white kippa in an apparent attempt to pass as a religious Jew, Tel Aviv Police
reported on Sunday.
The man was reportedly spotted by detectives who were
staking out a car parked on the roof of a Ramat Aviv parking garage on
The car had been reported stolen the night before, and after
detectives received a tip about its location, they began surveillance of the
site to see who would show up to claim it. As they were watching, a young man
wearing a kippa approached the vehicle, opened the front door and began trying
to start the car, before detectives moved in and arrested him.
arrest police learned he is a 31-year-old Palestinian man from the village of
Azun, south of Kalkilya.
Police said they are not sure if he stole the
cars or was just going to pick them up, but the incident is consistent with how
car thieves typically work inside Israel. Usually, a group of thieves from the
West Bank will go into a city like Tel Aviv, steal cars and then park them
somewhere like a parking garage to “cool off,” as police refer to the
Later, usually the next day, the same thieves will return to
the cars and drive them back to the West Bank. In other cases, they’ll tell an
accomplice the make, model and location of the car, and have them pick it up and
drive it to their city or village.
In this particular case, police
received a tip on Thursday morning and sat watching the two vehicles until the
man arrived around 4:30 in the afternoon, wearing a white knit kippa.
Sunday, the suspect was taken for a court hearing, where his remand was extended