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‘Pink Panther’ Jewel Thief Escapes From Jail

Gang takes its name from ruse used in Peter Sellers film


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.

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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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