The raid on Kim Kardashian‘s apartment has all the hallmarks of the Pink Panthers, a gang of super-criminals who have got away with tens of millions of pounds in jewels in high-profile heists since 1984. ( There are just not anybody)
The gang, whose members mostly hail from Serbia and Montenegro, have stolen more than £280million.
They got their nickname after a 2003 London robbery when a thief hid a diamond in a pot of beauty cream, similar to the plot of one of the Pink Panther movies about an inept French detective played by English actor Peter Sellers.
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The gang, who have hit targets in Cannes, Tokyo, Singapore and Dubai are a loose network of around 200 people, whose jobs are known for their precision and minimal violence.
Their ruses to gain entry have included dressing as golfers, Hawaiian tourists, workmen and police officers.
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If the Pink Panthers were involved in the robbery at Kim’s home – a luxury block apartment block called Hotel Pourtalès – they would have done their homework.
They probably monitored Kim’s social media and may have seen the jewellery she was wearing in Paris after she Snapchatted a picture.
The gang may have read, or surmised, she was coming to Paris for the city’s Fashion Week and put their plan into action.
(Members of The Pink Panther Gang -Nebojsa Denic & Milan Jovetic )
The only security at the building was a concierge, who was quickly overpowered, tied up, gagged, and hidden in a cupboard in the stairwell of the building.
The Pink Panthers’ modus operandi is to use minimal violence, but they were armed and would have been more than a match than any bodyguards Kim might have had.
The building has ‘hidden entrances’ for stars trying to avoid the paparazzi, but these would also have allowed the gang to have got in and out without being noticed.
The stolen jewellery was probably taken out of France within hours of the robbery and the Pink Panthers are thought to have a detailed and enduring network of ‘fences’ who have plenty of experience of turning booty into cash.
One of the gang’s most audacious crimes was at the Wafi Mall in Dubai in 2007.
Security cameras in the exclusive shopping mall captured the moment when the gang, in two high-powered cars, smashed their way into the mall, a man in a black bodysuit and balaclava jumped out of one car, which then reversed into the door of the Graff jewellery store.
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Armed with a gun and a hammer he helped himself to £2.1m of diamonds and then the gang sped off, all within 170 seconds.
Long before they got their nickname, the Pink Panthers were involved in crime.
In 1984 three machine gun-toting crooks stormed into a jewellery shop at the Carlton Hotel in Cannes on the Cote d’Azur and cleared its shelves of £39million worth of gems.
Their getaway cars have included everything from bicycles in Tokyo to speedboats in St Tropez.
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In 2014 Borko Ilincic, a 33-year-old Serbian, was detained by Spanish police in the town of Alcala de Henares, just outside Madrid.
He has been described in the press as one of the ‘leaders’ of the Pink Panthers but their survival and success depend on them being a loose and non-hierarchical network who work independently in cells.
So his arrest would have had no effect on the gang’s effectiveness.
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Detectives investigating the Kardashian raid will have been on the phone to colleagues in Madrid, Belgrade and at Interpol’s headquarters in Lyon but they may already be coming to the conclusion that this is another crime which the Pink Panthers have got away with.
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