According to reports from Montenegro media today, Interpol has arrested a Montenegrin citizen in Buenos Aires who is a member of the notorious criminal group “Pink Panther”, which is famous for stealing expensive jewelry.
Zvjezdan Begić (46) was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment in France for stealing 2 million euros worth of jewelry from a jewelry store in Saint-Tropez. Since 2017, he has been wanted by Italian police for robbing a jewelry store in Milan.
According to Montenegrin media reports, this Podgorica resident entered Argentina with a forged EU passport and lived in Buenos Aires under a forged Argentine identity. He was arrested on April 20 while walking on a street near Núñez, where the luxurious apartment he lived in was located.
As reported by the Podgorica media on the Argentine portal, the indictment against Begic stated that he belonged to the notorious Pink Panther gang of jewelry thieves, which caused at least 130 jewelry robberies, estimated Worth tens of millions of euros.
According to reports, Begic was wanted for two specific attacks suspected by international investigators. The first happened in 2005, when he and another robber allegedly broke into a jewelry store in the French resort of Saint-Tropez, where they stole jewellery worth 2 million euros. He allegedly escaped by boat.
Begic is also suspected of entering the Milan jewelry store Paradiso Luxury 12 years later, when he was armed with two other robbers and stole 20 Rolex watches and two bracelets worth 200,000 euros from there.
According to reports, the Argentine judiciary will begin the process of extraditing him to the European countries that are looking for him.
It is worth reminding that according to police reports, the notorious “Pink Panther” organization has about 200 members-Montenegro, Serbs, Croats, Bosnians, many of whom have military experience, and most of them are accused of robbery. Value jewelry.
INTERPOL’s deputy director of crime and drug smuggling, Emmanuel Leclerc, said: “These armed mobs don’t hesitate to shoot even if they are in trouble, even if they have not killed anyone so far. “
The media wrote that after the British police tried to smuggle blue diamonds in a box of face cream in 2004, they named the criminal group the “Pink Panther”, just like the famous movie comedy of the same name.