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29 November 2023

Suspect in Wafi Mall's Dh55-million jewellery heist arrested

Photo by Mustafa Kasmi


A suspected member of the notorious global Pink Panther group which was involved in a $15-million (Dh55 million; 11 million euros) theft at Dubai’s Wafi Mall  in 2007 has been arrested in Spain.

Spanish police said on Thursday that the 33-year-old Serbian national Borko Ilincic was arrested in the central town of Alcala de Henares on Tuesday.

Interpol said the suspect was believed to be involved in hundreds of robberies across the world.

Carrying a false Bosnian passport, Ilincic was brought before a court Wednesday.

The Pink Panther group, named after the 1963 movie starring Peter Sellers, is believed to be a loose network of some 800 criminals, which Interpol suspects is behind nearly 300 robberies in 35 countries since 1999, stealing jewellery worth some 350 million euros.