Where do all the grenades keep going? That apparently was the recurring question in one IDF soldier's unit until he was found to be stealing the hand-held explosives at an alarming rate, it was revealed on Wednesday.
The soldier, whose identity was not published, habitually stole stun grenades and gas grenades from his unit so as to sell them illegally over the course of more than a year-and-a-half, reports Channel 2.
Every two weeks he would steal eight to ten grenades and try to sell them to different criminal sources for roughly 250 shekels (around $65) each.
He ended up stealing as many as 300 grenades before finally being caught and arrested after trying to sell stolen weapons to an undercover agent of the military police. In another deal that was stopped, he tried to buy explosives in exchange for either a handgun or cash.
His dangerous theft of weaponry and sale of it to unknown criminal elements led a military court to sentence him to seven-and-a-half years in jail on Wednesday. Likewise he is to have either a 5,000 shekel fine or a five month additional sentence, and is demoted to the rank of private.
The soldier is convicted of removing weapons from the possession of the military, weapons crimes, and making contact with criminals so as to conduct illegal acts.
IDF equipment has been stolen in the past, largely by Bedouin Arabs in the south of the country who sometimes operate with help from within the army.
Just last October several Bedouin suspects, including a Bedouin soldier in the IDF, were arrested for stealing micro Tavor semi-automatic assault rifles from a base.