Over the past two years, numerous Dan Bus Company drivers have described the same scenario; a group of boys would approach a bus from one of Jaffa's side streets and throw rocks in the vehicle's direction before fleeing the scene.
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Dozens of buses have been damaged in the incidents, costing hundreds of thousands of shekels to fix. In one case a driver sustained light injuries when a metal rod hit the bus he was driving.
Due to the multitude of reports filed with Dan's security department, the police's Youth Branch launched an investigation. Meanwhile, the company installed security cameras on the buses.
Undercover detectives collected evidence on Jaffa streets for weeks before one group of teens made a critical mistake. Unaware of the cameras that documented their every move, the boys boarded a bus, confronted the driver and then proceeded to pelt him with stones. The images led to their arrest.
Most of the suspects, both Jewish and Arab, admitted to the crime. Their parents were summoned and informed of their kids' actions. The case was transferred to the police's Prosecution Branch, which is expected to press charges.
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