(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [illustrative])
Police believe a serial armed-bank robber is operating across the center of the
country, following a string of heists in recent weeks and
According to the line of investigation being pursued by police,
the robber is a highly-dangerous individual.
In August, a security guard
was shot dead when a gunman wearing a motorcycle helmet to cover his face robbed
a branch of Bank Hapoalim in Be’er Ya’acov, between Ness Ziona and Ramle.
Several other robberies have occurred across the central region
On Tuesday, police acknowledged that only 10 percent of bank
robberies end with suspects being charged in court.
The figure emerged
during a session called by the Knesset’s Interior Affairs and Environment
Committee to discuss a recent spate of armed robberies, and the murder of a
civilian during one last week.
“In some cases, we know who the bank
robbers are, but there isn’t enough evidence to charge them... We use
intelligence to get them on other crimes,” said Asst.- Ch. Yoav Segalovich, head
of the Investigation Branch. “We have marked these people. We don’t always get
them on robberies.”
The robbers arrived with masks and gloves, making
indictments difficult to issue, he added.
The last known serial-bank
robber in Israel was Rony Leibovitz, nicknamed the “Motorcycle
Bandit.” In 1990, he robbed 21 banks on his motorcycle before being
apprehended and sent to prison, where he served eight years.Jerusalem
Post staff contributed to this report.