Damir "Damian" Pejcinovic is the fourth member of the ring busted for carrying out a 12-year crime spree that hit more than a half-dozen jewelry stores in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Published: 2020-11-19 04:32 pm
Reputed leader of $10M burglary ring pleads guilty to racketeering

The leader of an international burglary ring that netted $10 million in jewel heists and bank jobs from Manhattan to Beverly Hills pleaded guilty to racketeering charges in New York City federal court Thursday, prosecutors announced.

Damir “Damian” Pejcinovic is the fourth member of the ring busted for carrying out a 12-year crime spree that hit more than a half-dozen jewelry stores in Manhattan and Brooklyn — and retailers as far off as LA and Kansas City, the US Attorney’s Office said.

The gang even attempted to rob a jewelry store in Germany in 2008 and almost made off with nearly $12 million in gold, prosecutors said.

“As they have now admitted, the defendants were part of a sophisticated criminal enterprise that carried out burglaries on both sides of the Atlantic to the tune of over $10 million,” Acting US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Audrey Strauss said in a statement Thursday.

“We continue our daily work with our law enforcement partners to vigorously investigate criminal organizations that commit crimes in New York City and elsewhere,” Strauss said.

Pejcinovic was living in a $10 million townhouse on West Fourth Street, where neighbors knew him as “Damian from The Bronx,” when the FBI caught up with him in October 2018.

Sources close to the bust said Pejcinovic and his three accomplices were “probably former East Bloc military.”

At their initial federal court appearance, investigators said the crew included members “with acrobatic abilities,” and were skilled in jamming police radios, disabling burglar alarms, and disconnecting telephones.

According to the federal indictment, the crime crew’s spree spanned from 2006 through 2017.

The gang’s exploits include a 2016 New Year’s Eve Manhattan heist of $3 million in jewels and a July 26, 2009 burglary at another Big Apple jewelry store during which the thieves made off with $850,000 worth of merchandise, prosecutors said.

They made off with $2.5 million in jewels after yet another Manhattan job, on March 29, 2008. They also stole $70,000 in jewels from a Beverly Hills store on Aug. 28, 2010, and $1 million from a shop in Kansas City on Sept. 5, 2010, the indictment said.

The gang also tried to pull off heists at banks and jewelry stores in Brooklyn, Scarsdale, and Philadelphia.

Three other reputed members of the gang — Gzimi “Jimmy” Bojkovic, Elvis “Gorilla” Cirikovic, and Adrian Fiseku — pleaded guilty to federal charges earlier, the US Attorneys Office said.

Pejcinovic faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on March 9.

His attorney did not return a call seeking comment.

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