Cyprus authorities have requested information on the notorious ‘Pink Panther’ jewel theft gang after four suspected members of the operation were recently apprehended by the Greek police.
Police spokesman Andreas Angelides confirmed that the request to the Greek authorities will hopefully shed light on the gang’s method of operation and help local detectives in the ongoing investigations of jewellery heists on the island which the Pink Panthers are suspected of involvement in.
The suspects - four Serbian nationals, believed to be ex-military - were arrested in the Kypseli district of Athens last week.
Greek police believe the gang members are responsible for at least 30 jewellery shop heists in the country to the tune of €800,000.
The Pink Panthers are suspected of robbing items worth €450 million in luxury jewellery shops in more than 20 countries since 1999, according to Interpol.
They got their nickname from British police in 2003 when gang members in London hid a stolen diamond in a pot of beauty cream, a trick used in one of the Pink Panther comedy films.
The gang – believed to be a network of around 200 people - commit elaborate armed robberies with extreme precision. Suspected members of the operation have disguised themselves as Hawaiian tourists, workmen and pensioners for jobs and have made their escapes in cars, speedboats, and on scooters or bicycles depending on the location.