'Pink Panther' gangster arrested

17th June 2009, Comments 0 comments

Vladimir Lekic is suspected of committing robberies around the world, including in Switzerland, with a gang from the former Yugoslavia.

Podgorica -- Montenegro's police force arrested a member of the "Pink Panther" gang notorious for jewellery shop robberies in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, reports said Monday.

Vladimir Lekic was detained Sunday in his home in the central town of Cetinje by police acting on an Interpol arrest warrant, said the Dan and Vijesti newspapers, citing a police statement.

Police said Lekic was detained on suspicion he stole watches worth EUR 1 million (USD 1.4 million) from a jeweller in Frankfurt, Germany in December 2003.

They said he was a member of the Pink Panthers, a gang of thieves with an estimated 60 members from the former Yugoslavia, around half of them Montenegrins.

The group is suspected of carrying out raids in the wealthy Mediterranean enclave of Monte Carlo and the French Channel resort Le Touquet, as well as in Germany and the Swiss cities of Lausanne and Geneva.

It is also responsible for robberies committed in the United States, Japan and the United Arab Emirates.

Lekic is expected to face trial in Montenegro, as the Balkan country has no extradition agreement with Germany.

AFP / Expatica

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