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Video: 60 Minutes Shows Footage of Pink Panthers Jewelry Heists

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Video: 60 Minutes Shows Footage of Pink Panthers Jewelry Heists
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By Erika Winters

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The "Pink Panthers" have stolen $500 million in jewelry and art.


Watch the 60 Minutes video below to see how the "Pink Panthers" network of jewel thieves brazenly rob some of the most renowned high-end jewelry stores in the world. According to 60 Minutes, the Pink Panthers are responsible for 370 heists that garnered them jewelry--as well as artworks--worth $500 million. The video shows security-camera footage from some of their most outrageous heists, including one in Dubai, where the thieves drove two cars into a mall and crashed them through the doors of the Graff store. The thieves robbed Graff of $3.5 million in diamonds.


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By Erika Winters

Game of Thrones House Stark Talisman Necklace from Pyrrha & HBO
The "Pink Panthers" have stolen $500 million in jewelry and art.


Watch the 60 Minutes video below to see how the "Pink Panthers" network of jewel thieves brazenly rob some of the most renowned high-end jewelry stores in the world. According to 60 Minutes, the Pink Panthers are responsible for 370 heists that garnered them jewelry--as well as artworks--worth $500 million. The video shows security-camera footage from some of their most outrageous heists, including one in Dubai, where the thieves drove two cars into a mall and crashed them through the doors of the Graff store. The thieves robbed Graff of $3.5 million in diamonds.

60 Minutes' Bob Simon interviews Interpol's secretary general Ron Noble, who explains some of their tactics. These include using an attractive woman wearing expensive jewelry to case a store before a well-dressed man enters to clear a path for his cohorts to rob the store. Some of these robberies are completed within an astonishing 30 seconds.

Simon also interviews a "semi-retired" Pink Panther, whose identity is hidden on camera. He uses the name "Philip" in the interview and shares that he has been a part of nine heists, including one in Saint-Tropez where the thieves fled using speed boats. Simon likens the getaway to a scene from a James Bond movie.

While these high-end jewelry crimes are often glamorized in the media, theft is an everyday threat faced by many people working in the jewelry industry. For instance, jewelry carriers--people who transport jewelry--are often targeted by criminals. The blog Adornmentality shares some great tips to help carriers protect themselves in How to Not Get Kidnapped: The Jewelry Carrier’s Guide to Knowing You’re a Target.

Watch the video below.

(Hat Tip: National Jeweler)


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