Tuesday 6 December 2016

Five held over 'Pink Panther' jewel thefts

Published 06/08/2016 | 13:36

The five were held following an alleged raid in Barcelona
The five were held following an alleged raid in Barcelona

Five people have been arrested in Barcelona on suspicion of being members of the notorious "Pink Panther" gang of jewel thieves.

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Police made the arrests as the five allegedly made their getaway after robbing a jeweller's on an up-market shopping street in the city.

All five were of Serbian origin. Police say it took the thieves less than a minute to rob the store of jewels worth 400,000 euro (£337,000) before officers caught them.

The arrests came after German police tipped their Spanish counterparts off that one of the thieves was travelling from Belgrade to Barcelona.

According to Interpol, the "Pink Panther" gang stole 334 million euro (£282 million) in jewels during 380 armed robberies between 1999 and 2015.

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