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'Pink Panther' gang burglars strike in Barcelona
08 August 2016 @ 10:49

POLICE in Barcelona have arrested members of the notorious international 'Pink Panther' gang after they broke into a high-end jeweller's on the Passeig de Gràcia, the city's main shopping street.

Five eastern Europeans - one of whom was armed - are said to have committed nearly 380 violent robberies in Spain in the last 16 years.

They were caught when the Mossos d'Esquadra - Catalunya's answer to the Guardia Civil - set up stations inside the retail outlet after finding out in advance what they planned to do.

The thieves caused extensive damage to the premises, including smashing the street-facing display window.

This gang is not the first faction of the 'Pink Panthers' to strike in Spain - two-and-a-half years ago, Serbian Borko Ilincic was captured in Madrid, having been on the run since 2007 when he was part of a massive heist on the upmarket Al-Wafi shopping centre in Dubai, to where he has recently been extradited to face trial.


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