France arrests on-the-run 'Pink Panther' gang member
NIMES, France (AFP) - French police have arrested a suspected member of the infamous Pink Panther gang of international jewel thieves who had been on the run since escaping from a Swiss prison in May.
Police and judicial sources said on Wednesday that the 47-year-old, born in Montenegro but with French and Macedonian citizenships, was detained at his home in the southern town of Bedarrides, about 15 kilometres (10 miles) north of Avignon, on Monday.
A police source said the suspect failed to escape out a window during his arrest.
A former member of the French Foreign Legion, the suspect was wanted in several countries, including under two international arrest warrants issued by Switzerland, where he had been in prison for armed robbery.