Police said Friday that they had arrested two men on suspicion of being accomplices to the theft of an M-16 rifle from an IDF officer.
The rifle was reportedly stolen from a female officer during an IDF exercise on the northern border on Thursday.
The two men, both from the nearby Bedouin village of Aramsha, appeared in the Haifa Magistrates’ Court, where they were ordered held until Monday.
Police were still searching for the main suspect, said to be a relative of the two men, and have yet to recover the firearm.
Army bases in the Negev Desert and the north are routinely robbed. Though the problem is well known, it has gone mostly unaddressed. Due to their locations — far from cities and towns — there is generally limited police presence in the area, and the military is limited in its ability to arrest would-be thieves.