`Pink Panther` jewel thieves sentenced in Serbia
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Last Updated: Friday, December 18, 2009, 23:33
Belgrade: Three Serb members of the infamous "Pink Panther" ring of thieves were convicted on Friday of Japan's biggest-ever jewel heist, which nabbed treasures including a USD 27-million diamond necklace.

A Belgrade court found the three guilty in their second trial of stealing USD 31.5 million worth of jewels from an upscale shop in Tokyo in March 2004. The jewels have never been found.

Aleksandar Radulovic was sentenced to six years and nine months in prison and Djordje Rasovic received six years and three months, while Snezana Panajotovic got two years and ten months in jail.

The two men, Rasovic and Radulovic, used force during the robbery, and Panajotovic held guard in front of the jewelry shop, Judge Milena Rasic of Serbia's organized crime court said.

The court has said the three were part of the "Pink Panther" ring named after the 1963 film starring Peter Sellers as the bungling Inspector Clouseau. The group is believed to be mainly from the Balkans, and is suspected of several jewel thefts worth more than USD 150 million in Europe, Asia and the Persian Gulf.


First Published: Friday, December 18, 2009, 23:33

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