IDF Nabs Members of Jenin Car Theft Gang

Arab rioters. (Sliman Khader/Flash90)

IDF soldiers late Tuesday arrested a gang of Arabs from Jenin who were responsible for the theft of dozens of vehicles in northern Israeli communities. Most of the thefts were from Israelis in Haifa and its suburbs. Many of the vehicles stolen were late-model, meaning that the thieves had figured out a way to bypass the computerized security system that many of the vehicles featured. Five members of the gang were arrested after a police chase, after they were caught in the act of stealing a vehicle. Further arrests are expected. The army said that the gang constituted a major security risk, as the vehicles could have been transferred to terrorists, who would then be able to drive freely into Israeli cities and carry out attacks.

The IDF early Wednesday seized 15 vehicles that were being used by terrorists to attack Israelis, the army announced Wednesday. Twelve vehicles were seized in the Arab town of Hussan in Gush Etzion, and three were seized in the village of Bil’in in Binyamin. Officials said that the vehicles had been used in a variety of rock, firebomb and shooting attacks. The owners of several of the vehicles were detained as well.

Overnight Tuesday, security officials said they arrested 20 wanted security suspects across Yehudah and Shomron. The suspects were wanted for participating in rioting and throwing stones and firebombs that endangered Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers. Several of the suspects were also charged with belonging to Hamas. All were being questioned on their activities by security forces.