- Spanish police have arrested in Barcelona five suspected members of the so-called 'Pink Panther' jewels gang. A special unit of the Catalan police were waiting for them when the thieves, one of whom was armed with a gun tried to rob a jewelry store on the famous Passeig de Gràcia.
The operation was part of a larger study with different police units in Spain and with the cooperation of Serbian and German police.
The Pink Panther gang got its nickname after a robbery in London in 2003 when one of the thieves had hidden a diamond in a pot of beauty cream, similar to a scene in one of the Pink Panther movies with the awkward French detective, played by the British actor Peter Sellers.
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The international police organization Interpol estimates that the Pink Panther network has stolen jewelry to more than 334 million by around 380 armed robberies between 1999 and 2015.