Spain police nab 'Pink Panthers' thief wanted by Germany

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Oct 01 2021 08:01 PM

Spanish police said Friday they had arrested a member of the notorious "Pink Panthers" gang wanted by Germany over several heists involving the theft of jewels worth more than 700,000 euros.

The suspect, a Croatian national, was arrested last month by Spanish police in Barcelona. 

He was wanted by the German authorities for the violent robberies of three jewelry shops in 2015 and 2016, a Spanish police statement said. 

"During these robberies, jewelry with a value of 715,000 euros ($830,000) and 1,400 euros in cash was stolen," with the suspect wanted for robbery with violence, assault and battery and the illegal possession of weapons. 

The "Pink Panthers" is an international criminal network specializing in jewel heists, which are often violent and characterized by detailed planning, the police said. 

The gang, led by masterminds from the former Yugoslavia, was given named the "Pink Panthers" by British police after a diamond theft in London in 2003.