Pink Pan­ther jailed for mall heist

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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.

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