Pink Panther jailed for mall heist
A man has been jailed for 10 years for his part in stealing jewellery worth more than Dhs14 million from Wafi mall in 2007, writes Nawal Al Ramahi. The 35-year-old Serbian was arrested following years on the run that was ended by extradition from Spain to Dubai last year. The accused, Borko Ilincic, described as a “key member” of the infamous Pink Panthers crime organisation – helped a number of men smash their way into the high-end mall using two stolen cars before stealing jewellery from the Graff store. The gang used toy guns to terrorise staff and customers before smashing display cases and snatching jewellery. Ilincic was also convicted of forging a passport and visa, which he used to enter the UAE. During the trial he had claimed he was merely a shopper in the wrong place at the wrong time. Fingerprints lifted from the crime scene matched those found at crime scenes in Monaco, Switzerland and Serbia. Ilincic was arrested in Spain and a police officer from Dubai was assigned to fly him from Madrid to the UAE in October 2015. He will be deported on his release.