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Project Pink Panthers

The Pink Panthers group is behind armed robberies targeting high-end jewellery stores in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the United States.

This loosely-aligned network of criminals is believed to have carried out robberies worth in excess of EUR 330 million since 1999. Hundreds of suspects are linked to more than 340 robberies in 35 countries.

The Pink Panthers' methods are daring and quick. A case that made the headlines in 2007 saw gang members drive two cars into a shopping mall in Dubai and through the window of a jewellery store. The robbery took less than one minute and the gang made away with jewellery worth an estimated EUR 3 million.

Many gang members are known to originate from the former Yugoslavia, but they work across countries and continents, making the exchange of police information such as fingerprints, photographs and DNA essential.

INTERPOL’s Pink Panthers project assists law enforcers in identifying, locating and apprehending perpetrators. It centralizes data on the crimes and criminals, analyses the information, and builds networks of investigators. Working groups bring together investigators from around the world to combine their input in specific cases and to help overcome differences in legal systems. This sharing of information and data enables investigators to make links between countries that might not otherwise be noticed. 

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27 March 2014

International investigators gather for INTERPOL ‘Pink Panthers’ project meeting

LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg - Police officers from 25 countries are gathered in Luxembourg to share information related to ongoing investigations into ‘Pink Panthers’ linked robberies around the world.The 8th operational working group meeting on Project Pink Panthers (27 and 28 March) brings together more than 70 investigators to directly exchange details and...
12 February 2014

Spanish police arrest ‘Pink Panther’ gang suspect in 2007 Dubai mall robbery

LYON, France – A key member of the Pink Panthers gang, wanted via INTERPOL in connection with a number of high-value jewellery robberies around the world, has been arrested by Spanish police.Borko Ilincic is the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice, or international wanted persons alert, issued at the request of the United Arab Emirates for the 2007 Wafi Mal...
17 June 2013

Monaco police chief visits INTERPOL ahead of landmark General Assembly

LYON, France –Monaco’s Director of Public Security and Head of National Central Bureau (NCB), Régis Asso was briefed on recent law enforcement successes involving the Principality during his visit to the world police body’s General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon.During meetings with Director Asso and Deputy Director Richard Marangoni, INTERPOL Secretary...
11 April 2013

Pink Panthers investigators come together to share cases and experiences

VIENNA, Austria - Police officers from 20 countries working on cases related to the “Pink Panthers” groups of jewel thieves came together in Vienna this week to share information regarding ongoing investigations and successful arrests.The 7th Working Group on the Pink Panthers (11 and 12 April) brings together 60 investigators working on cases linked to t...
14 May 2010

Key Pink Panthers arrest in Italy demonstrates strength of international police co-operation

LYON, France – A key member of the Pink Panthers, wanted internationally for his suspected role in a series of high value jewellery robberies around the world, has been arrested by Italian police.Thirty-nine-year-old Radovan Jelusic, a Montenegrin national, who is the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice from Cyprus and is also wanted by several other INTERP...
04 May 2010

Montenegro police make latest Pink Panther arrest

LYON, France – The arrest in Montenegro of a suspected member of the Pink Panthers, an international gang of jewel thieves, highlights the vital role of police closely co-operating and sharing intelligence and critical police data against transnational organized crime, a senior INTERPOL official has said.Bojan Vuckovic, a Serbian national aged 24, who is...
12 February 2010

INTERPOL Pink Panthers project meeting brings together international investigators

BERNE, Switzerland – More than 80 officers from 23 countries have taken part in the 4th INTERPOL operational working group meeting on the Pink Panthers project to pool together the latest intelligence on the international gang of jewel thieves.The three-day meeting (9-11 February) held in Berne, Switzerland with the support of the Swiss Federal Police, en...
15 May 2009

“Pink Panthers” arrests highlight role of close police cooperation against gang’s criminal activities

LYON, France – The arrests in Paris earlier this week of two suspected key members of the Pink Panthers, an international gang of jewel thieves, demonstrates the benefits of police closely cooperating against transnational crime, a top INTERPOL official has said.With INTERPOL having set up an international Pink Panthers cell in July 2007 to coordinate the...
17 October 2008

Monaco arrest of suspected ‘Pink Panther’ gang members praised by INTERPOL

LYON, France – Two men suspected of being members of a gang believed responsible for a series of worldwide jewellery robberies worth over 100 million EUR have been arrested in Monaco after a police officer identified them from a photo circulated by INTERPOL.The men, a 27-year-old Serbian national and 30-year-old Dusko Poznan from Bosnia and Herzegovina wh...

Jewel thieves doing less time for the crime