The stolen watermelons
The stolen watermelonsIsrael Police spokesperson

A Bedouin man in his 50s is suspected of stealing dozens of watermelons from a farm near the southern kibbutz of Or Haner.

The field's owner reported the theft to Israel Police, explaining that the suspect had threatened him with a sharp object and then escaped.

A few hours later, Border Police officers succeeded in locating the suspect near the Be'er Sheva-area town of Nevatim.

An initial search revealed weapons - and dozens of stolen watermelons - in the suspect's car.

Police arrested the suspect, who is a resident of one of the many illegal Arab "villages" in the Negev.

His arrest was extended until Sunday.