Israeli police have cracked a sophisticated gang of Negev Bedouin who were hired by Palestinian Authority Arabs in Judea and Samaria to steal.
"This is a sophisticated and organized gang that chose their targets, studied how to reach apartments, prepare escape routes and execute rapid transfers of stolen goods", according to Southern District Police.
Underground police officers were able to infiltrate the gang and lead to charges against four gang leaders.
After Palestinian Authority Arabs instructed the Bedouin where to strike, the thieves from the area north of Be’er Sheva broke into houses and cars and stole valuable items.
Police saw the thieves in the act of breaking into one house on a moshav in the Negev and arrested two of them after a brief chase. A third suspect was arrested two days later, and police still are searching for the fourth member of the gang.
The three Bedouin who were arrested initially claimed they simply were looking for work in the area, but the evidence was stacked against them, and they eventually confessed.
They said that Palestinian Authority Arabs “ordered” thefts and that the gang turned over the stolen items, including cars, at pre-arranged locations.
The indictment against the gang lists approximately 30 counts of break-ins, theft, vehicle theft, trafficking stolen property and endangering lives.