Brothers charged with stealing guns from IDF base, selling them to criminals

33 firearms were stolen last month from an IDF base and sold to criminal organizations. The two main suspects in the robbery are brothers who worked as independent contractors at the base. It is suspected that they gained the soldiers trust, which enabled them to walk around the base freely and distract the soldiers who were supposed to be guarding the armory.

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About a month ago, 33 automatic weapons were stolen from the IDF’s Sde Teyman base in the Negev. On Monday, the details about the robbery started to come to light when an indictment was filed against two suspects, brothers who worked as independent contractors at the base. According to the indictment, they managed to distract the guards who were supposed to be supervising their work so that they could steal the weapons, which they later sold to criminal organizations.

The indictment claims that the stolen weapons were sold in exchange for 2 million NIS. Six additional suspects have been arrested. In addition to the stolen firearms, police also found large amounts of drugs and military equipment at the homes of the two main suspects.

Some of the weapons that were recovered Photo Credit: Israel Police Spokesperson/Channel 2 News

In accordance with IDF rules, the two were supposed to be accompanied by two soldiers at all times while on the base. It appears that as time went by, the suspects befriended the soldiers and earned their trust. Initially, they accomplished this by buying them food and drinks and even installing air conditioners and sound systems in their rooms.

The soldiers eventually stopped accompanying the brothers, which allowed the two to roam the military compound freely without any supervision. In addition, the two managed to distract the specific soldiers who were on guard duty when they stole the weapons.

Some of the weapons that were recovered Photo Credit: Israel Police Spokesperson/Channel 2 News

On the day of the robbery, the suspects sawed off the lock to the armory, took out the guns, placed them in their car and put a new lock on so that no one would suspect that there was a break-in. Only a few days later, when the armory commander went to take inventory of the guns, it was discovered that the lock had been changed and that dozens of weapons were missing.



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