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French cops arrest escapee in notorious Pink Panther jewel theft gang

A cameraman films the figures of Soviet soldiers at the base of the Soviet Army monument in Sofia, painted in pink by an unknown artist August 21, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Stoyan Nenov SOFIA | Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:14am EDT SOFIA (Reuters) – A Soviet Army monument in Sofia was painted pink in an “artistic apology” for Bulgaria’s support of Soviet troops which crushed Czechoslovakia’s Prague Spring uprising against its Communist rulers on its 45th anniversary. Echoing earlier protests against Soviet rule, unknown artists painted the sculpture, depicting nine soldiers to commemorate the Red Army advance during World War Two, overnight and wrote “Bulgaria apologizes” in Bulgarian and in Czech. The color was in apparent homage to Czech artist David Cerny, who with his friends in 1991, painted a Monument of Soviet Tank Crews, a Second World War memorial in central Prague, pink. Cerny was arrested and the tank was repainted. But deputies painted the tank pink again. It is now in a military museum. Bulgaria, once Moscow’s most obedient satellite, took part in the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia that smashed the Prague Spring movement on August 20, 1968. Poland and Hungary also took part. The monument has been at the center of disputes between Russophiles and anti-communists in Bulgaria, who argue it should have been demolished after the collapse of Communist rule in 1989. In 2011, the soldiers were painted as Superman, Captain America and Ronald McDonald, prompting an official protest by the Russian embassy in Sofia. A year later, the soldiers were clothed in brightly covered balaclavas, similar to those worn by members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot.

Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs French cops arrest escapee in notorious Pink Panther jewel theft gang AP 5:41 p.m. EDT August 21, 2013 Police patrol outside the Carlton hotel in Cannes, southern France, on July 28. A staggering 40 million euro ($53 million) worth of jewels and diamonds were stolen from the Carlton Intercontinental Hotel in one of Europe’s biggest jewelry heists recent years. (Photo: Lionel Cironneau, AP) Zoran Tomovic escaped from a Swiss prison earlier this year He was nabbed in France, not far from where high-profile jewelry has been stolen Police said no immediate link to Tomovic, jewel thefts SHARE 13 CONNECT 42 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE PARIS (AP) Police stormed a villa in southeast France and arrested a member of the notorious Pink Panther gang of jewel thieves who had escaped from a Swiss prison earlier this year, officials said Wednesday. During the dawn sweep Monday, nearly 20 well-armed police detained Zoran Tomovic, 47, as he tried to flee through a window in the home of an acquaintance in the Provence town of Bedarrides, the officials said. The special French search brigade was working on a tip from Swiss authorities. “He tried to play his card, but because the house was surrounded, he wasn’t able to get far,” said Divisional Commissioner Pascal Gontier of the judicial police in southern Montpellier. The owner of the home was an old acquaintance of the suspect who “apparently did not know about his recent misadventures.” Southeast France has faced a spate of high-profile jewelry thefts in recent months. Last month, a lone gunman walked into a diamond jewelry show at a hotel in the Riviera resort of Cannes and made off with a breathtaking $136 million worth of valuables the biggest jewelry heist in years, maybe ever. Two other jewelry heists took place during the Cannes Film Festival in May. Authorities said there was no immediate evidence that pointed to any link between Tomovic and those robberies, suggesting that he appeared to be more concerned with staying out of sight than with plotting a new heist.