'Pink Panther' jewel thief breaks out of Swiss jail
GENEVA (AFP) - A Bosnian from the "Pink Panther" gang of international jewel thieves escaped from a Swiss prison in a dramatic break-out involving a fellow inmate and two armed accomplices, police said on Friday.
Milan Poparic, who was serving a sentence of almost seven years for a 2009 robbery at a jewellery store, is the third "Pink Panther" to escape from a Swiss prison since May.
Along with convicted Swiss kidnapper, arsonist and money-launderer Adrian Albrecht, Poparic broke out of the Orbe prison in western Switzerland on Thursday evening, local police said in a statement.
During an exercise period, the accomplices rammed a gate and barbed wire with a van, before using ladders to create an escape route across the prison's fence. They set fire to the van and made off with Poparic and Albrecht in a second vehicle.