Jeweller dead in what could be Pink Panthers raid
Fears have been raised that the notorious Pink Panthers gang has struck after a French jeweller was shot dead in a robbery this weekend.
Four masked men brandishing Klashnikovs and stun grenades burst into upmarket jeweller Unik in Cannes on Saturday evening. The men ordered the four people in the shop to lie on the ground before smashing up cabinets with baseball bats.
Before making their escape on motorbikes, with jewellery and cash from the store, the gang shot the store manager in the head with a single bullet. The man received first aid attention but died within an hour of being shot.
French police are claiming that the raid is almost identical to another robbery in Cannes two years ago that is believed to have been carried out by notorious eastern European robbery gang known as The Pink Panthers that specialises in robberies at jewellery stores. The robbery two years ago was carried out by armed men wearing Hawaiian shirts who robbed a Cartier store and used motorbikes to escape the scene with £13 million of jewellery.
Tribute to murdered jeweller - In Cannes, a minute’s silence was observed at this morning’s local council meeting, in tribute to the jeweller shot dead on Saturday in the avenue Francis-Tonner. Four armed, masked men forced customers in the Unik boutique to get down on the floor as they robbed the premises. The 42-year-old boutique owner, Thierry Unik, was shot dead during the raid. Police say the robbers, riding two motorbikes, were spotted on videosurveillance cameras heading in the direction of La Roquette-sur-Siagne. The interior minister said this morning that he would be meeting with jewellery industry professionals – armed attacks against whom have increased by over 30 per cent since last year.
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