Police officers arrested two Palestinians on Friday after pulling over their vehicle, a Mazda sedan, and discovering they were transporting six calves suspected stolen from Moshav Beit Hilkia, in the center of Israel. The three-months-old calves were found in the trunk and the back seat of the vehicle and immediately confiscated and transported to the moshav to recuperate from their ordeal.

One of the officers told Ynet that incidents of cattle theft were common in the area as the stolen calves fetch high prices in the Palestinian Authority, equal to two monthly salaries.

The officer said that in many cases the calves die en route to their destination, either from the stress of the journey or because they are slaughtered by the thieves to make them easier to transport.