White Collar

Neal Caffrey is a con-man who was captured after a three-year game of cat-and-mouse. With three months left while serving a four-year sentence, he escapes from a maximum security federal prison to find Kate, his ex-girlfriend. Peter Burke, the FBI agent who captured Caffrey, catches him again. This time, Caffrey gives Burke information about evidence in another case; however, this information comes with a price: Burke must have a meeting with Caffrey. At this meeting, Caffrey proposes a deal: he will help Burke catch other criminals as part of a work-release program. Burke agrees, after some hesitation. Within a day of being released from prison, Caffrey already lives in one of the most expensive houses in Manhattan, after persuading an elderly widow to rent him her guest room. After catching the elusive Dutchman, Caffrey has proven to Burke that he will help him, and that he will not try to escape again. However, at the same time, Caffrey is still looking for Kate, who he believes is in trouble.

A crime drama from USA Networks with nice combination of action, tension, and comedy that I wasn’t expecting. Caffery is the magical con artist who helps the FBI with their cases in odd ways, he sees what these law men can’t see and does want they can’t do. At the same time he has the straight cut Burke on his case all the time but the combination of the two characters is good. At first I wasn’t sure about the show, it had a bit of an odd but entertaining start but the story just kept getting better and better, with a larger picture inside each episode being pieced together while they handle their current case which usually ends at the end of an episode. The show really gets going after a few episodes and should be added to your watch list, I hope they continue at this pace.

Link: USA Network
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Jewel Thief Strikes in Cannes

This is crazy, its more like a movie then a real robbery, these guys execute the robbery with bravado. They call themselves the Pink Panthers and they executed these elaborate heists, and take off with film like escape plans.

The Cartier store in Cannes, France has been the latest victim of the “Pink Panthers” gang. A group of armed robbers in Hawaiian shirts converged on the store in the French Riviera on Monday. The ringleader pulled out a handgun and directed everyone to lie on the floor. His accomplices made quick work of the jewels, watches and other luxury goods in the store and then the entire team took off on motorbikes.

The Pink Panthers earned their nickname in 1993 by stealing a huge diamond from jewelers in London’s Mayfair area and hiding it in a jar of face cream similar to the method used in the original Peter Sellers movie. It is believed that members of the gang are former soldiers from eastern Europe. They are known for their feats of daring which are almost cinematic in nature. In 2005 they struck at a jeweler in Saint Tropez and made their getaway by boat. The gang is thought to be a loose network of maybe 200 or so people which has made attempts at capture difficult for law enforcement.

Link: Luxist