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Pink-Panther-robbers must for eight years in prison

In the media they are referred to as the Pink Panther gang: robber networks from Belgrade whose members are primarily jewellery and watches shops raided and enormous booty. They plan their actions accurately and in a professional manner.

Today's Friday, had to answer a Pink-Panther-member in front of the district court of Zurich: a 31-year-old Serbian-Croatian dual citizen. He confesses, in the year 2016, two armed robbery on the jewellery store Harry Hofmann in Zurich's city center, as well as a jewelry shop in the German city of Wuppertal have been involved. The three perpetrators in Zurich, jewelry and watches, captured in the sale value of 3.45 million Swiss francs, in Wuppertal there were "only" 156'000 Euro.

debt and money troubles

The young man, stretched out when you Enter the courtroom, his sister in the audience in the palm of your hand with a red heart, said that he had participated in the Robbery in Zurich, so that he has debt in the amount of 30’000 Euro would be adopted. He lived together with his mother and sister in Belgrade. He had exercised only auxiliary jobs, and the family have put in financial distress.

The man was arrested in September 2017 at the border crossing to Bosnia and in Switzerland has been delivered. He protested that it was for the weapon to dummy. He had never exercised violence. He was sorry and he apologised to the sales staff.

With a fire extinguisher traces

destroyed, According to the indictment the 31-prepared-Year-old, along with two unknown accomplices in Zurich during roughly two months of the Robbery. Among other things, he was already a week before the fact in the business and had engagement rings and reserve. 20. February 2016 to beat the Trio then. It robbed the Store, threatened the staff with weapons and cleared out the safe and the window. After the fact, it fled with a previously stolen BMW and moved a short time later in a Renault. The interior of the BMW, the perpetrators sprayed with a fire extinguisher to destroy the tracks.

In November of the same year, the man assaulted two other offenders, a jewelry business in Wuppertal in Rhurgebiet. As the prey amounted to only 156'000 Euro, reduced the up to now unknown behind men in Belgrade, the initially promised "wage" from 30'000 to 10'000 Euro.

The Accused was recorded by a surveillance camera, because he had made a week before the Robbery, a ticket purchase. (Image: city of Zurich police Department)

The Prosecutor demanded for the offender a sentence of imprisonment of seven years and a ten-year country reference. One of his two accomplices was previously sentenced in August 2018 from the district court of Zurich of a 14-year imprisonment. The then 37-year-old Serb had been involved in a total of nine robberies In the country and abroad. The identity of the third perpetrator is not known.

According to the Prosecutor, the Accused part of a criminal Organisation, which carries out the Raids in the order from the unknown behind men. It was "clear" that the perpetrator had real weapons. The sales staff were in fear of death, and the robbers had ruthlessly and recklessly acted. The state's attorney, which had to deal in the last ten years, with around 30 robberies of groups from Belgrade, said that only in one case, instead of a real a Taser gun had been used.

"On the lowest level of the hierarchy,"

For the defenders it is in the case of his client to a "small fish in a shark tank". The Accused was caught because of debts in the whole thing "inside". The purchase value of the prey have only amounted to half of the sale value of 3.45 million Swiss francs, this will show the insurance claim. His client had confessed to the lowest level in the hierarchy, he can not, however, occur during the ticket purchase of the engagement rings masked and had been filmed by the surveillance camera.

In the principle of "In dubio pro reo" (in doubt for the accused) had to go out to the court that it was a weapons dummy. His client was punished because of the two Robberies with four and a half years.

the court acquitted the man of multiple robbery and other offences guilty. It sentenced him to imprisonment for a term of eight years, wherein he has already served about 800 days – one year more than the Prosecutor had demanded. With regard to the authenticity of the weapon, this have can the Prosecutor prove, therefore, the judge of a mock-up went out. The man had not been the mastermind and planner, but I have played in the execution of the Robbery in Zurich an important role. Criminal elevating the second fact had in Germany, where he had not been under a debt pressure.

Created: 08.11.2019, 17:17 PM

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