?Pink Panther? suspect escapes from prison

Olivera Cirkovic, a 43-year-old Serbian woman in custody since March at Athens?s high-security Korydallos Prison awaiting trial for jewelry theft, managed to escape on Thursday with the help of an accomplice, the Athens New Agency reported on Friday.

The woman is a former basketball player who is suspected of being part of the so-called Pink Panther gang of jewel thieves who have carried out robberies in Britain, Dubai, Japan and Switzerland.

She is believed to have escaped from Korydallos with the help of a man who entered the prison on the pretext of delivering art supplies.

The man was allegedly armed and managed to knock out a female guard who tried to thwart the pair?s escape.