The Internet has long become an inseparable part of our lives, even a few hours without an internet connection can drive people crazy. An indictment was filed today (Thursday) in the Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court against three residents of the south who stole Bezeq infrastructure from 400 homes in Givatayim and left them cut off from the online world for an entire week.
Bezeq's infrastructure is used daily by thousands of Israeli citizens, in Internet and telephone service, the infrastructure is used by many households as well as businesses, such as banks, ATMs, distress buttons for the elderly, hospitals, supermarkets that work in credit clearing. A significant part of the infrastructure is used routinely and in emergencies by the security community, damage to Bezeq infrastructure severely harms the daily routine of thousands of citizens and may cause damage to public safety.
A whole week without internet, photo: Getty Images
According to the indictment, filed by the prosecution unit of the Tel Aviv District Police, Bezeq's communication cables passed, inter alia, in the city of Givatayim through a communication pit located on Knesset Street in the city.
About two weeks ago, the three defendants were preparing to steal Bezeq communications cables, thereby equipping themselves in advance with metal sectors, a dedicated tool for opening the Gov, tow straps for pulling communication cables from the Gov, lubricant and work shirts that look like shirts of employees of a communications company.
Man in Handcuffs (illustration), photo: None
In the evening about two weeks ago, they reached Gov in Givatayim, entered it and cut the communication cables that pass through it, in an unknown way, in order to steal them at a later date. Later, after three days in the afternoon, they re-entered the Gove, pulled the communication cables out of it and loaded them into the Citroën, causing total damage worth tens of thousands of shekels and cutting off 400 subscribers for six days.
The indictment also states that two months earlier, in March, the defendants damaged Bezeq infrastructure by reaching the Gov on President Street in Ashkelon, entering it and cutting the communication cables running through it, and in order to carry out the theft, the defendants came to the Gov a few days later and cut the communication cables passing through it, pulled them out of the Gov and took them, thereby causing damage worth tens of thousands of shekels.
"By their actions, the defendants willfully and unlawfully damaged the communication cables used as part of infrastructure lines, took and carried together the communication cables, which serve as part of infrastructure lines, without the consent of their owners, fraudulently and without claiming a bona fide right," the indictment states.
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