The notorious Pink Panthers are neither low-level thugs nor a Mafia-like crime family. These super criminals violate all established stereotypes, the so-called intelligence regarding them is laughably incorrect, and their true origins are shrouded in a dense fog of false assumptions.
These world-class criminals travel with multiple passports, speak five languages fluently, consort with celebrities, and rub elbows with the rich and famous while stealing millions in diamonds, jewels and precious gems. They were well trained. somewhere by someone who established principles, protocols and standards of behavior. Someone instilled in these “best minds of a generation” a love of what he termed “The Art of Altruistic Criminality”-- a doctrine of theft as a non-violent creative redistribution of wealth for the collective benefit of the community, and to uplift the downtrodden and oppressed.
“What Yoda was to the Rebel Forces in Star Wars, Punch was to those we now call the Pink Panthers.”
Today's Panthers and their heist-master predecessors were trained by the man called Punch in 1980's New York City, perfecting their craft with a string of multi-million dollar safe-cracking extravaganzas orchestrated from the heart of the diamond district.
This New Year's Eve when the ball dropped in Times Square, six million dollars in diamonds disappeared into the New York night. Media coverage? Next to none. Odds of arresting the perpetrators? About the same. How do I know? Simple. Punch told me.