By Constantinos Psillides
Interpol offices in Cyprus have requested a full briefing from Greece regarding a gang of international jewel thieves who were arrested there last week.
Dubbed the ‘Pink Panther’ gang, Cypriot authorities fear that the gang might have also robbed jewellery stores in Cyprus. Police spokesman Andreas Angelides said that Cypriot authorities sent a letter asking for information regarding the gang “and any other details pertaining to their actions, since we had a number of jewellery store burglaries that may fit their methods of operation”.
Greek authorities have thus far arrested four people, all of them Serbian nationals.
According to the Greek authorities, the gang stole cars and then rammed them into jewellery and antique stores or broke store windows using crowbars. Greek police said that the gang was quick and methodical
After stealing the jewellery – or in some occasions, valuable paintings – the gang ditched the stolen car and escaped using their vehicles. Greek police estimates that the gang robbed 13 jewellery stores and stole 14 cars up until their arrest.
Gang members were apprehended following a raid of their apartment by Greek police, who had placed the Serbian nationals under surveillance. Three of them were arrested on April 28 while a fourth person was arrested two days later. Police are still looking for a fifth member.