Where do the jewels end up after a heist
When Kim Kardashian West was dramatically relieved of 9 million worth of jewellery (including her 20 carat diamond engagement ring) in the early hours of Monday morning, she became ebay collier fantaisie perhaps the highest profile victim yet of what professional criminals collier fantaisie mariée like to call collier fantaisie zara the ‘art’ of armed robbery.
Certainly, with France in general and Paris in particular still on high security lock down, following the past year’s wave of terror attacks, even hardened thieves might have balked at such a brazen raid on an American reality TV star, whose every move is tracked by the world’s media.
In a series of Mission Impossible style manoueveres, two English speaking men, posing as policemen, overpowered the concierge at the exclusive Htel de Pourtals in the Eighth Arrondissement, stormed the penthouse and bound and gagged Kardashian at gunpoint leaving her in the marble bathtub while they cleared the place of gems, smartphones and credit cards, h hyde 2019 nouvelles boucles doreilles coreennes belle univers bleu planete etoile lune fusee before fleeing, with at least three accomplices, on rented bicycles.
Nice touch. collier fantaisie personnalisé Who would suspect foreign ‘tourists’ on two wheels rather than in high speed getaway cars of having just committed an armed robbery audacious enough to have been scripted by Hollywood
Rumours and recriminations abound, but having spent several decades immersed in the professional criminal underworld, since first reporting on the Brink’s Mat robbery in 1983, I can tell you one thing for certain: jewellery heists of this magnitute aren’t confined to movies they’re prix collier de perles veritables big business, worth more than a billion pounds a year. (And that’s not counting those that go unreported altogether, because they’re carried out on other criminals themselves.)
In many ways, the ‘specialists’ who targeted Kardashian have never had it so good. There were immediate and predictable claims of an inside job, but today’s professional criminals can glean all they need via social media and computer hacking. They don’t need to befriend and/or blackmail anyone.
Gone, too, are the days when a two timing ‘fence’ would call up his favourite Flying Squad detective gros collier fantaisie to say he’d 2019 coreen nouvelle tortue shell acrylique boucles doreilles pour femmes geometrique carre rond just been offered some dodgy diamonds to re cut and sell on. Today, ever shrinking police forces, combined with foreign gangs which are harder for domestic officers to infiltrate, have left the way clear for gem raiders to thrive.
One senior ex Scotland Yard officer told me it is tougher now than ever before to monitor the movements and activities of professional criminals moving across the soft borders of Europe using false documents. “We have no local knowledge anymore. Many of the most successful gem robbers are from places like Eastern Europe and we haven’t a bloody clue who any of them really are.”
The Kardashian heist certainly bears hallmarks of the enfilage d’un collier de perles ‘Pink Panthers’ the collier de perles new orleans most successful diamond thieving gang in history, who hail from the Balkans and are notorious for meticulous planning, imaginative disguises (they dressed as golfers for one job, Hawaiian tourists for another) and escaping with maximum hauls by means of minimum violence.
Since 1999, Interpol estimates they have stolen more than 280 million in jewels during 380 armed robberies in 35 countries, from the UK to Japan.
A loosely affiliated network of around 200, mainly ex military personnelfrom Serbia and Montenegro, the Panthers’ first known strike was the Carlton Hotel in Cannes in 1984, when they cleared its shelves of gems worth collier de perles 9 lettres 39m (while brandishing fully automatic weapons, but without firing a single bullet) before calmly strolling off down La Croisette.
But it was during UN sanctions against Yugoslavia in the early Nineties that they flourished, as small, localised smuggling collier fantaisie ivoire routes were forged for h hyde nouveaute mode temperament camelia fleur stud boucle doreille 3 couleurs parfumee dame the most basic of goods paving the way for an international flow of arms, drugs and diamonds to follow.
Likened by Interpol to al Qaeda, in that they operate as a series of independent cells, they were dubbed the Pink Panthers by the press after pulling off the largest jewel heist in British history at Graff, the Bond Street jewellers in 2003. chaine collier fantaisie Having identified a Montenegrin suspect, Scotland Yard raided his collier fantaisie fabrication maison Bayswater flat, to find a 600k diamond ring hidden in a pot of face cream a move cribbed straight from Peter Sellers’ 1975 flick , in which he starred as inept Inspector Clouseau.
Perhaps the Panthers’ most audacious job was at Dubai’s Wafi Mall in 2007. Driving two high powered Audi S8s, they rammed through the mall’s glass walls (in reverse, so that the airbags wouldn’t open on impact) and into the door of the Graff jewellery collier de perles choker store, where a thief in a black bodysuit and balaclava swiped 2.1million of diamonds before the gang sped off. The entire job took just 170 seconds.
Their elegant smash’n’grab execution balances a show of brute force with razor sharp wits. In one raid in Biarritz, they gave a public bench near their target jewellers fishpeche nouveau boheme couleur or geometrique perle etoile de mer coquille boucles doreilles pour a fresh coat of collier fantaisie enfant paint to declaration a la main geometrique luxe raphia gland long dangle boucles doreilles pour femmes stop any passers by sitting down and becoming accidental witnesses.
Professional gangs like the Panthers have long since learned to adjust their modus operandi since the introduction of crime prevention CCTV cameras, DNA matching techniques and GPS tracking systems not just outwitting, but exploiting new technology to their advantage. Having planned their crime with military precision, no doubt the perpetrators of the Kardashian heist revelled in the publicity that exploded in its aftermath.
Not all are so tech savvy. Most of the ‘old school’ criminals who carried out last year’s dramatic 20 million Hatton Garden heist were quickly rounded up by police because they didn’t throw away their mobiles and laptops and were indentified by CCTV cameras. Only the youngest member of the gang known as ‘Basil’ remains at liberty because he was artful enough to place a large sack on his shoulder to prevent any of his facial features being recorded.
In some cases, the perpetrators of these type of spectacular heists are unprepared for the vast scale of the collier fantaisie rose fushia value of the gems they steal. Disposing of tens of millions of pounds in gold, cash or jewellery is a risky, complicated business.
Most are passed immediately to prearranged contacts to courier them across borders to buyers, often in Antwerp, where they will be re cut and sold back into the legitimate market, with a forged certificate of origin suggesting they’re fresh from the mines of Sierra Leone, making it onto the hands of unsuspecting brides.
Kardashian’s bling, however, was much more likely to have been stolen collier fantaisie multirang to order. A former safecracker who today specialises in handling valuable jewels, told me: “There’s been a lot of speculation that the gang will struggle to sell the gems because they’re so well known but 4 images 1 mot collier de perles that’s rubbish. They’ll have customers in place who are so wealthy that just owning a Kardashian piece is all that matters. We’re talking about oligarchs and despot leaders who don’t care about the notoriety. They revel in it.”
Successive UK governments have promised to h hyde coree creatif mignon boucles doreilles conception ciel etoile espace star asymetrique freeze the assets of crime bosses and to impose multi million pound fines on any companies aiding known villains. But like so many politicians’ promises, they are easier said than delivered. As one former south London gems raider told me from his multi million villa on the Costa del Sol: “The politicians are living in cloud cuckoo land. No one’s gonna stop gangs like the Panthers from making millions every year, because if you inform on them you’re signing your own death warrant.”
The creation of Interpol’s Pink Panther Working Group in 2007 boosted their arrest rate five alleged members were caught by Spanish police in Barcelona in August, after a tip off from their German counterparts and with Serbia and Montenegro in the later stages of accession to the EU, the gangs are no longer safe back home.
Still, the globalization of the world’s economic and information infrastructure has helped them cover their tracks with a vast array of legal businesses established as a front for their transnational underworld activities. National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS) officers tell me that takings from crimes such as the Kardashian raid are invested in pubs, restaurants, clubs and even banking, this decade’s version of an open air used car lot. Criminals also dip in and out of property deals, working with “legit” nominees.
As Richard Hobbs, a sociologist at the University of Essex, says, the underworld elite “don’t see themselves as collier de perles de verre criminals, they see themselves as businessmen”.
The Kardashian gang no doubt imagine themselves as a modern syndicate: high flying career executives of crime, constantly on the lookout for more and more lucrative targets and markets…