Wafi fol­lowed Europe crime spree

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The dar­ing raid on top jewellers House of Graff was the cul­mi­na­tion of a se­ries of heists in Europe in the mid-2000s in­volv­ing Borko Ilin­cic, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

Pros­e­cu­tion pa­pers filed at Dubai Court of First In­stance yes­ter­day de­tailed a se­ries of strik­ingly sim­i­lar rob­beries in Switzer­land be­tween 2005 and 2007.

On April 22, 2005, Ilin­cic and other sus­pects were linked to a break-in in Zurich.

The sus­pected Pink Pan­thers stole an Opel and crashed it into a jew­ellery shop at 3.56am, tak­ing goods and cash worth 135,000 euros.

Then, on 11 July 2006, Ilin­cic and another sus­pect al­legedly raided a jew­ellery shop in Switzer­land.

Prose­cu­tors claim he then trav­elled to Dubai and car­ried out the Wafi rob­bery in April 2007 but man­aged to es­cape.

The raids did not stop there. On De­cem­ber 6, 2007, a jew­ellery shop in Zol­likon, By Ali Al Shouk Switzer­land, was raided by three sus­pects, one of which it is claimed was Ilin­cic.

The gang threat­ened cus­tomers with air guns and stole jew­ellery and watches worth 300,000 euros be­fore es­cap­ing within three min­utes in a stolen Audi. Ilin­cic was the sub­ject of an In­ter­pol Red No­tice, which re­quests that any law en­force­ment that comes across him would ar­rest him im­me­di­ately.

He was ar­rested in Fe­bru­ary 2014 as he left a Madrid ho­tel. In­ter­pol es­ti­mates the gang has car­ried out more than 380 raids since 1999. The pan­thers were given their name when po­lice in Lon­don made an ar­rested in 2003 and found a di­a­mond ring hid­den in a jar of face cream - a tech­nique used in the 1960s Pink Pan­ther come­dies star­ring Peter Sell­ers.

SUR­REN­DER: Ilin­cic is searched as he pre­pares for ex­tra­dic­tion in this im­age re­leased by po­lice

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