Project Pink Panthers

INTERPOL’s Pink Panthers project ran from 2007 to 2016.

It was set up to help police worldwide identify members of the Pink Panthers international network of jewellery thieves.

This loosely aligned network of criminals is believed to have carried out around 380 armed robberies targeting high-end jewellery stores between 1999 and 2015. The combined value of these thefts was more than EUR 334 million.

The project centralized data on the crimes and criminals, analysed the information, and built networks of investigators. Working groups brought 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 enabled investigators to make links between crimes in different countries that might not have been noticed otherwise .

INTERPOL continues to help member countries tackle organized property crime through the sustained development and deployment of tailored INTERPOL tools, capabilities and services.