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  6/30/2008, Sivan 27, 5768

PA Officer Stole Israeli Jeep, Upgraded It to Cop Car

A senior Palestinian Authority (PA) security officer stole a Pajero jeep in Caesarea and converted it to a PA police car before Israeli security officers caught up with him recently, Ma'ariv reported Monday. The PA officer had been on the wanted list of the Israeli intelligence services.

Authorities used the Ituran tracking system, which was hooked up to the vehicle, to track down the jeep. The officer, a relative of convicted terrorist Marwan Barghouti, was driving it to a family wedding. The jeep had PA police license plates, a communications system, a siren and blue police lights.