A 53-year-old Palestinian man received a permit to enter Israel to trade in fruits and vegetables, but instead of buying them, he stole hundreds of kilograms of pineapple. The thief was caught the third time he came to steal and when he ran away from the plantation owner he ran into a tree, fell and was arrested.
According to the indictment filed by the Central District Prosecution Unit, the defendant had a permit to trade agricultural goods in Israel, instead, he went to a pineapple orchard in the Sharon region, where for the first time he stole about 150 kilograms of pineapple. A few weeks ago, he came to the orchard again and stole 700 kilograms of pineapple worth tens of thousands of shekels on two other occasions.
Police car (illustration), photo: Marco
The last time he arrived, last Saturday, the greenhouse owner who had been alerted to the theft was already waiting for him and alerted his Thai workers and told them there were suspects in the greenhouse. They drove with him to the place, the plantation owner got out near the greenhouse and started chasing someone, and the two workers drove around with the Ranger. The complainant called them back and on their way they saw the defendant hiding under a tree in an orchard and he began to flee from them but crashed into a tree and fell to the ground. At this point, the workers called the plantation owner, who immediately called the police.
In his request for remand until the end of the proceedings, Superintendent Sammy Dzobas of the Prosecution Unit noted that there are reasonable grounds for fear that the defendant will endanger public safety and property if released. "The defendant did not shy away from means, came with others on Saturday morning to the farm, trespassed and stole hundreds of kilograms of agricultural produce. This is 'property' that is the source of the complainant's livelihood and such that in order to produce it, it takes two years of work before the tree bears fruit," Dzobas wrote, adding: "The investigation material indicates that the respondent, each time in a panel of additional participants, committed similar offenses of agricultural theft while severely harming the farmers' livelihood."
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