Two arrested over rifle stolen from IDF officer
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Two arrested over rifle stolen from IDF officer

Police still searching for main suspect and have yet to recover the M-16, taken during an army exercise near the northern border

Illustrative: M-16 assault rifles retrieved by police after they were stolen from an army base on May 27, 2017. (Police spokesperson)
Illustrative: M-16 assault rifles retrieved by police after they were stolen from an army base on May 27, 2017. (Police spokesperson)

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.

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