01/10/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Western Wall Beggars Preyed On By Crime Ring

Is nothing sacred?

Israeli police say they have busted a crime ring that preyed on beggars at the Western Wall.

According to an article in Maariv, police went undercover to expose the small band of criminals that beat up and threatened beggars that gather at the holiest site in Judaism.

The three-month-investigation determined that the gang would extort half the money from beggars, had burned the beggars with cigarette butts, and would sometimes dress up as beggars themselves.

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