Two Palestinian teenagers arrested in Israel for shoplifting

A Palestinian teenager was arrested Sunday for shoplifting and allegedly taking items from an Israeli pawn shop, authorities said.

An Israeli police spokesman said the boy was arrested at the scene in the southern town of Nablus after his parents called police.

The Israeli police said the shopkeeper told the police that the boy, identified as 15-year-old Aqsa Ahmad, stole an antique painting valued at about $8,000 from his shop in the town of Mufat, which lies on the occupied West Bank.

Ahmad’s parents told Israeli news channel Ynet that the shopkeepers’ complaint about Ahmad’s theft was made on Friday and that the police were called in the afternoon of Sunday.

Ahmad was taken to the Israeli Civil Administration (ICA) prison and was being held on charges of theft, Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri said.

Ahmad is currently in detention, and no court date has been set.

The ICA said Ahmad was released on Sunday.

In November, an Israeli court found that a Palestinian teenager from the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan was guilty of stealing a pair of headphones worth about $6,500 from a pawn shop.

Ahmad had fled from his family home in Silwan when the incident happened.

Ahmad reportedly said that he was trying to pay for the headphones after receiving a call from a friend who said he could get them for free.

Ahmad pleaded not guilty in court.