April 8, 1997 in Nation/World

Thief’s Blind Date Ends With Handcuffs

Compiled From Wire Services

Answering a call on a mobile phone he had just stolen in a break-in, a gullible thief succumbed to the seductive voice on the line and unknowingly made a date with the law.

Police First Sgt. Major Yardena Rahamim said she initially called the suspect after the break-in in Haifa on Saturday just to “get an idea of who he was.”

“In the course of ad-libbing I realized he was friendly, so I spontaneously pretended I was a lonely girl from a conservative village who wanted to go out. I realized he was hot for me so I arranged a meeting and he fell for it,” she said.

Dressed in plainclothes, Rahamim met the man, who approached her enthusiastically, smelling strongly of aftershave. But his amorous mood was soon dampened when the date turned into an arrest.

The suspect, a 22-year-old Israeli who was not identified, had driven to the rendezvous in a car stolen in the break-in, along with the phone.

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