x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Dubai's Pink Panther robbery

In a dramatic robbery, members of the Pink Panther gang rammed two limousines through the glass facade of the Wafi City Mall.

DUBAI // Members of the Pink Panther gang carried out their attack on House of Graff jewellery store in Wafi City Mall on April 15, 2007.

A group of men smashed through the glass facade of the shopping centre in two stolen cars, drove up to the store, smashed through its entrance and stole diamonds worth an estimated Dh14.7 million.

They also threatened the staff of the store with guns, but Dubai Police later found out that they were using plastic replicas.

After fleeing the scene, the robbers burnt the two stolen cars in an attempt to destroy any evidence, but Dubai Police were still able to recover DNA evidence at the crime scene.

Two weeks later, Dubai Police arrested two Serbian men, and a third was extradited to the UAE.

The first suspect was arrested after he tried to collect the stolen jewellery that was hidden in a car that had been placed under police surveillance. 

In November 2008, the Dubai Court of Appeal upheld a 10-year jail sentence for a 33-year-old Serbian man found guilty of assisting and planning the robbery.

According to police, all the stolen jewellery was recovered and returned to the House of Graff.