by Ryan Hauck | July 26, 2013 12:43 pm
No, this isn’t a gag headline.
Milan Popavic, a member of the international “Pink Panther” gang of jewel thieves, escaped from a Swiss prison where he was serving a six-year sentence for a 2009 gem store heist Thursday, the BBC reports.
The media dubbed Popavic’s crew “Pink Panthers” after British police found a stolen diamond ring hidden in a jar of face cream, the same hiding place used by a character in an installment of the original Pink Panther film franchise starring Peter Sellers.
Popavic and another prisoner escaped after two accomplices drove a van through the prison gate and opened fire on the guards, USA Today reports. No one was injured in the escape.
The BBC identified the other escapee as Adrian Albrecht, a Swiss kidnapper serving seven years. Albrecht escaped from the same prison in 1992 during an earlier stint behind bars.
A spokesperson for the prison voiced his suspicions that the Pink Panthers played a role in the prison break.
Many members of the Pink Panthers hail from the former Yugoslavia, according to the BBC. Popavic is a Bosnian national.
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