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Spanish police arrest 'Pink Panther' thieves after $443M jewelry store heist

CULVER CITY, CA - MARCH 31:  Jewelry backstage during the Frankie B Fashion Show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Smashbox Studios on March 31, 2004 in Culver City, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

CULVER CITY, CA - MARCH 31: Jewelry backstage during the Frankie B Fashion Show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Smashbox Studios on March 31, 2004 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)  (2004 Getty Images)

Spanish police in Barcelona say they have arrested five alleged members of the notorious "Pink Panther" gang of jewel thieves.

Police caught the thieves Friday as they tried to make their getaway after robbing a jeweler on an upscale shopping street in Barcelona. All five thieves were of Serbian origin. Police say it took the thieves less than a minute to rob the store of jewels worth 400,000 euros ($443,000) before police caught them.

The arrests came after German police tipped their Spanish counterparts off that one of the thieves was traveling from Belgrade to Barcelona.

According to Interpol, the "Pink Panther" gang stole 334 million euros ($370 million) in jewels from 380 armed robberies between 1999 and 2015.

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