Damir Pejcinovic is accused of masterminding Ocean’s Eleven style heists all over the world using acrobats and strongmen
Acrobats, millions of dollars in jewels, and criminal masterminds who go by the names Coco, Gorilla, and Jimmy.
The details may sound straight out of an Ocean’s Eleven copycat, but these three men are real – and they allegedly stole more than $10million in jewels from stores across America.
To his neighbors in New York’s affluent West Village neighborhood, Damir ‘Coco’ Pejcinovic seemed like an ordinary guy.
Yes he had a $10million townhouse and was rich enough to retire in his forties, but Pejcinovic and his wife Spresa ‘drove ordinary cars’ and he often sat on the porch and smiled at everyone who walked by.
He was known as ‘Damian from the Bronx, a guy who made it and now lives in the East Village,’ one neighbor told The New York Post.
But new court documents have alleged that Pejcinovic was actually the man behind a robbery ring accused of stealing more than $10million in jewelry and cash in 16 burglaries since 2006.
Pejcinovic was arrested by FBI agents in October last year and was charged with leading Pejcinovic Enterprise.
His alleged accomplices Elvis ‘Gorilla’ Cirikovic, Gzimi ‘Jimmy’ Bojkovic (pictured), and Adrian Fiseku were also arrested.
The gang’s alleged victims were based cities across America including in New York, LA and Portland, and even as far as Frankfurt in Germany. Pictured is Elvis Cirikovic
His alleged accomplices Elvis ‘Gorilla’ Cirikovic, Gzimi ‘Jimmy’ Bojkovic, and Adrian Fiseku were also arrested.
The gang’s alleged victims were based in cities across America including New York, Los Angeles, Portland, and even as far as Frankfurt, Germany.
They have been charged with the commission of burglaries and interstate transportation and sale of stolen goods.
Prosecutor Andrew Ken-Wei Chan said the gang resembled a real-life Ocean’s Eleven, complete with ‘people with acrobatic abilities’ for scaling buildings and those would could jam police radios or disable alarm systems.
‘They had members of the group who were incredibly strong,’ Chan said.
‘And if the crew needed people who had expertise in security systems and phone systems and disabling security systems members could fit that description as well.’
They have been charged with the commission of burglaries and interstate transportation and sale of stolen goods. Pictured is Adrian Fiseku
Court documents state that the Pejcinovic Enterprise operated principally in New York City, California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, Massachusetts, Maine, and Europe.
It claims that Pejcinovic, Bojkovic, and Cirikovic ‘committed, conspired to commit, and attempted to commit numerous burglaries of jewelry stores and banks, as well as the interstate transportation and sale of stolen property from the burglaries’.
They are named in more than a dozen burglaries or attempted burglaries, the first being a burglary at a restaurant in Portland in February 2006 and an attempted burglary at a Portland jewelry store in March 2006.
In March 2008, the trio and an unnamed co-conspirator allegedly stole $2.5million from a jewelry store in New York City.
One the the group’s last alleged heists was KGK Jewelers in Manhattan (pictured). They allegedly stole $3million in jewels
Two members of the group allegedly used a sledgehammer and crowbar to break into the jewelry store through the freight entrance while surveillance footage captured one member seemingly being told the code for the safe over his cell phone
Seven months later, Pejcinovic, Bojkovic, and two unnamed co-conspirators attempted to steal gold valued at more than $11,395,560, at a jewelry store in Germany.
In July 2009, Pejcinovic, Bojkovic, and two co-conspirators allegedly stole $850,000 in jewels from a New York jewelry store.
They allegedly attempted to burglarize yet another New York jewelry store in August 2010.
That same month, Pejcinovic, Bojkovic, and a co-conspirator stole $70,000 worth of jewels from a Beverly Hills jewelry store, court documents claim.
On September 1, 2010, Pejcinovic and two co-conspirators allegedly stole $1million from a Kansas City, Missouri jewelry store and sold the stolen goods in New York.
Pejcinovic, Cirikovic, Fiseku, and two co-conspirators are accused of burglarizing a Los Angeles jewelry store and selling $3million worth of stolen goods in New York.
On September 16, 2011, Pejcinovic, Cirikovic, and two co-conspirators allegedly stole $150,000 from a Los Angeles jewelry store.
To his neighbors in New York’s affluent West Village neighborhood, Damir ‘Coco’ Pejcinovic seemed like an ordinary guy. Pictured is his $10million house
Pejcinovic’s wife Spresa operated an upscale salon called Damian West in the building
Her name is listed here on the salon’s Instagram account in the credits for one hairstyle
A string of attempted burglaries at banks in Philadelphia and Scarsdale, New York as well as a jewelry store in New York Ciry occurred in 2012, court documents state.
In the fall of 2013, Pejcinovic, Bojkovic, and Cirikovic allegedly burglarized a jewelry store in New Jersey and took an undisclosed amount.
One of their biggest hits occurred on New Years Eve in 2016, when the group allegedly store $3million worth of jewels from KGK Jewelers in Manhattan that were later sold in Los Angeles.
A source said they ‘lay in wait until the ball dropped’. Surveillance footage reportedly shows them as they break in.
Two members of the group allegedly used a sledgehammer and crowbar to break into the store through the freight entrance while surveillance cameras captured one member seemingly being told the code for the safe over his cellphone.
‘This burglary crew was incredibly sophisticated,’ Chan said. ‘They had expertise that allowed them to compromise security systems at these locations by cutting off phone lines that connected jewelry stores with security counterparts.’
Chan said the group also used cellphone jammers that would prevent alarm companies from receiving notification of a break-in.
The gang are alleged to have used the proceeds from their robberies to buy nice houses and afford an early retirement. Pictured is Bojkovic’s home in Staten Island
Adrian Fiseku’s Staten Island home can be seen here. He was released on bail following the arrest and indictment
The gang is also accused of spending months scoping out potential hits and starting false alarms to monitor police response times.
One source claims that the group is ‘probably former Eastern Bloc military’, which operated in a group of Communist states under Russia (then known as the USSR) during the Cold War.
‘It gives you a certain fraternal discipline,’ the source said. ‘These guys are not flashy, they are quiet.’
‘As much time as you spend thinking about your job, they spend as much, if not more, thinking about theirs. That’s why it took so long to be caught,’ they added.
Pejcinovic, Cirikovic, Fiseku’s allegedly stole $2million from a Los Angeles jewelry store during their last hit in March 2017.
Following a long investigation by the FBI-NYPD Joint Violent Crimes Task Force, Pejcinovic was arrested on October 24, 2018.
It was there that authorities allegedly discovered the blueprint for a jewelry store that Chan said Pejcinovic was planning to be his next hit.
The house has since been put on the market for $9,999,999 and the US government is hoping to seize the property.
Meanwhile Spresa, who runs a salon in the same building as the couple’s apartment, is reportedly trying to split from Pejcinovic after he pleaded guilty to a ‘violent felony arrest for a domestic incident’.
The father-of-two was denied bond after he pleaded ‘preposterous’ instead of guilty or innocent in his burglary trial and is currently being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center. His alleged partners were all released on bail.