More than 800 police officers from the Central District carried out raids across central Israel on Tuesday morning, arresting 103 suspects as part of a large-scale operation against stolen property and drug gangs in the district.
Code-named “Double Moon,” the operation is one of the biggest single sweeps carried out by Israel Police in recent years.
Central District YAMAR commander Yigal Ben- Shalom, who led the operation, said that the raids were carried out after a 10-month undercover sting, in which two YAMAR agents penetrated gangs in the Sharon and the Shfela regions.
Ben-Shalom said the agents mainly focused on bringing down gangs who carried out burglaries “because these are crimes that very much affect the day-to-day life of citizens across the district.” He said that there wasn’t a recent wave of burglaries that led to the decision to launch the undercover operation.
The suspects came from four major burglary gangs, Ben-Shalom said, including 17 figures that the YAMAR had previously identified as major players in the stolen property trade in the district.
The 103 suspects also include 90 people arrested on drug charges. The highest number of arrests was made in Taiba in the Sharon, where some 34 suspects were taken into custody.
Altogether, suspects were arrested for property crimes and drug offenses in Netanya, Rishon Lezion, Rehovot, Kalansuwa and Taiba, as well as outside of the district in Ashdod, Sderot, Beersheba, and Tel Aviv.