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'Pink Panther' jewel thief escapes Swiss prison

Friday, July 26, 2013
Adrian Albrecht, left, and Milan Poparovic

The combo of undated wanted photos issued by the police in Vaud, western Switzerland, shows fugitives Adrian Albrecht, left, and Milan Poparovic who escaped from a Swiss prison on Thursday, July 25, 2013 after accomplices rammed a gate and fired at guards, police said Friday. Poparic, 34, fled with fellow inmate Albrecht, 52, from the Orbe prison in the western canton (state) of Vaud. Poparic, a Bosnian national, had been serving a sentence of six years and eight months for robbing a jewelry store in the Swiss city of Neuchatel in 2009. Albrecht was serving a seven-year prison for various crimes including robbery, arson and money laundering. (AP Photo / Police Vaud)

Swiss police say a member of the notorious 'Pink Panther' jewel thief gang has escaped from prison.

Police say Milan Poparic fled with a fellow inmate late Thursday after two accomplices rammed a gate and fired on guards at the Orbe prison in the western canton (state) of Vaud.

The 34-year-old Bosnian national was serving a sentence of six years and eight months for robbing a jewelry store in Neuchatel, Switzerland, in 2009.

A police statement Friday said Poparic was a member of the Pink Panthers group, prime suspects in a series of thefts over the past decade.

The gang is named after the 1963 movie starring Peter Sellers as the bungling Inspector Clouseau.

Fellow inmate Adrian Albrecht was serving a seven-year prison for various crimes.

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