The theft of antiquities was thwarted by a joint force of the Israel Antiquities Authority and Yehuda Regional Council border guard police late Tuesday evening in the Beit Shemesh area.
The team of thieves was discovered during a by IAA inspectors observing the site on Tuesday evening, digging and using a metal detector at the antiquities site next to Ta’oz in the Beit Shemesh area.
The IAA inspectors alerted the border police and worked together to arrest the group of illegal diggers. When the suspects began to escape the area, a police helicopter identified and chased them. The border police arrested one suspect and knows the identity of the suspect who managed to flee the scene.