Oh, this is just getting better.
The theft of Kim Kardashian’s bling (and cellphones) has left a third of the world not caring, one third laughing, and the last third wondering what the hell actually happened.
One of the latter is Seth Ferranti, who asked former Pink Panther and “safe cracker extraordinaire,” Palve “Punch” Stanimirovic, what he thought about the whole affair.
You see, it is suspected that the smooth, non-violent heist was done by the Pink Panthers. Here’s what Punch used to do:
Punch used to plan robberies for the YACS, which stands for Yugoslavians, Albanians, Croatians, and Serbians. They were the the Pink Panther’s predecessors. Stanimirovic’s father, Vojislav, pulled off the Vizcaya Heist, robbing Miami’s Vizcaya museum of $250,000 in antique silver in 1971 and set the trend for Eastern European burglary crews.
So Punch knows his stuff. During the interview, Punch is able to confirm, elaborate and deny a lot of speculations made by the media and, sans Kim Kardashian, it makes for an interesting read:
There seems to be a lot of speculation in the media concerning the Kim Kardashian robbery in Paris and who did it. The Pink Panther’s name has been floated as the perpetrators. As an ex-member what do you think?
There’s a lot of speculation going on behind who did it. If it was the Pink Panthers then they carried out and executed a perfect crime. They just took $9 million worth of jewellery. The media is speculating saying it’s the Serbian Pink Panthers. But a lot of people don’t have a good picture on the entire Pink Panther organisation. They think it’s one organisation with 400 members and one boss.
And the boss that they’re claiming, Dragan Mikic, is only 33-year-old, the same age as Kim Kardashian. This guy was in jail before. A bunch of guys- Montenegrins, Bosnians, Croatians, Serbians- all criminals are a part of this group. And you have the ex-military guys that came from the former Yugoslavia too. These people were a part of the military and when the country broke up they became Ronin, like the Samurai. They don’t have a master. No leader. No head and no tail. All they do is they go by their intelligence.
Nobody would be crazy enough to operate in Paris after all the terrorist affairs that just happened in Nice and the South of France. Unless of course they’re already in Paris or they travel with the fashion show or the tennis players or the athletes. This is a very prestigious affair. We are talking about Monte Carlo and Paris. These guys do heists and they jump on boats and get away like that. Very movie-like.
Why do you think Kim Kardashian was targeted and why in Paris?
Kim Kardashian is very active on social media. She likes to expose what she has. She had a diamond ring that’s worth $4-5 million. She puts it on social media and therefore everybody else knows about it. This happened to her at this hotel she stayed in. I’m happy that’s she not hurt and happy that she didn’t have her family there, like her kids. She helped the bandits, the ones that pulled the caper off, because she advertises what she has. Everybody knows that Kanye gave her that ring. She wears it with pride.
If you’re a burglar or a robber or someone that was involved with the Pink Panthers you’d want to get something like that. They’re claiming $9 million, but you know how much the bandits are going to get? They’re only going to get like $2-3 million if they’re lucky, if they’re very fortunate. If they get $200,000 to 300,000 each for the five or six of them involved that’s a score.
If I was an active member of the Pink Panthers today I’d be in Monte Carlo. I’d be in Paris, France. This is where I’d be. This robbery was done in the same exact way that I’d do it. They executed the heist just like I would. I would put on a cop uniform or UPS uniform. Two guys would go in. Three guys outside. You have to have lookouts and they got away on bicycles, not motorcycles, bicycles. That’s a very Parisian thing to do.
And that’s just the information regarding the crime against Kim. Read HERE for Punch’s insight into how the organisation started, where the name came from, and how the Pink Panther’s plan their notorious heists.
Damn, son, Kim got owned.
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