police car 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Police in the South arrested 12 men suspected of being part of a violent gang
that committed a string of brutal robberies against elderly victims and
businesses across the country.
The arrests follow an undercover
investigation led by the Lachish Police sub-district’s central
Police described the gang as a hierarchical organized crime
syndicate made up of 12 members, with each one allocated a special
The gang was headed by two recently released convicts named as
Avdayav Azar, 22, and Ilkanayav Ruslen, 30, both of Sderot, according to
The “brains” behind the gang was named as Yitzhak Drori, “who
acted as an adviser and informer, and who was a full partner in carrying out
crimes... and provided technical instructions to members,” police
One of the suspects turned state’s witness during the investigation
and told police how the gang operated.
Southern district state
prosecutors submitted an indictment against the suspects at the Beersheba
Magistrate’s Court on Monday. The indictment sheet accused the suspects, among
other things, of violently robbing a man in his Jerusalem home, binding and
gagging him while threatening to kill him, and beating him unconscious in April
2010 before locating a safe and stealing its contents.
In August 2010,
the indictment sheet said, the suspects arrived at the home of a 75-year-old man
in Sderot and ambushed him after he opened the door, binding his mouth and
demanding to know where he kept cash.
The suspects allegedly punched the
man in the face, tied his legs and arms with plastic handcuffs, and threatened
to stab him while one suspect held a knife. The suspects then allegedly made off
with a bundle of cash.
“They did not turn down any means to carry out
their plots, and used brutal violence,” police said in a statement.
of their victims are emotionally scarred to this day,” they added.
said “special means” had been used to gather evidence against the alleged gang,
adding that the investigation crossed the borders of police districts.