‘Pink Panther’ Jewel Thief Escapes From Jail

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[1].

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[2]. 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.

Endnotes:
  1. the BBC reports: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23464700
  2. USA Today reports: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/07/26/pink-panther-jewel-thief-escapes-swiss-prison/2588891/

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