17 Arrested in Kim Kardashian West Robbery Inquiry in France

Kim Kardashian West last 12 months. In October, men burst into the Paris apartment the place she was staying, tied her up and robbed her of jewelry really worth at least $9 million. Credit Landon Nordeman for The New York Occasions PARIS — Seventeen folks have been arrested on Monday in France on suspicion of involvement in the robbery of the reality tv star Kim Kardashian West during Paris Vogue Week in October, French officials mentioned.


Agnès Thibault-Lecuivre, a spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor’s office, said the arrests were manufactured Monday morning in Paris and the surrounding area, and in southern France, notably in Grasse, a center of perfume manufacturing close to Great. Ms. Thibault-Lecuivre did not determine the individuals who had been detained and could not verify if the individuals who carried out the robbery were amid them. She said the oldest of these arrested was 72 and that many of the other people were in their 40s, 50s and 60s, which recommended that they were aspect of an “experienced” group. In the early hours of Oct. 3, 5 guys wearing balaclavas burst into a V.I.P. residence exactly where Ms. Kardashian West was staying, tied her up and robbed her at gunpoint of jewellery really worth at least $9 million. The assailants, who also took cellphones and a wallet, fled on foot and on bicycles.

Ms. Thibault-Lecuivre mentioned that investigators had recognized some of the assailants employing DNA observed at the crime scene and security camera footage.

Luc Poignant, a spokesman for a police union, stated that officers had applied that facts to set up a surveillance operation that had uncovered a wider criminal network. In these sorts of networks, Mr. Poignant said, “You have the robbers, and then the one who is going to promote off the items, the one particular who puts people in touch, the stone cutter, and so forth.” “It did not consider a lot of time,” he stated of the investigation. “It took three months, and three months in this sort of investigation is quite short.”

Underneath French law, the suspects arrested on Monday can be held for questioning for up to 4 days, ahead of staying launched or charged. The robbery drew worldwide interest and cast an uncomfortable light on the string of heists focusing on wealthy vacationers and well known visitors in and around the French capital over the past few many years. In November, robbers produced away with valuables well worth an estimated $5.three million after they targeted two Qatari sisters on the highway into the capital from Paris-Le Bourget Airport, which is used for quite a few private flights. Ms. Kardashian West, who has hundreds of thousands of followers on Twitter and Instagram, not too long ago returned to social media soon after decreasing her presence on the web following the robbery. In a recent promotional clip for a coming season of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” the system on the E! cable network in which she stars, Ms. Kardashian West tearfully recalled the crime. “They’re going to shoot me in the back,” she remembered considering. “There’s no way out of it.” Jean Veil, Ms. Kardashian West’s lawyer in France, told the French newsmagazine L’Express on Monday that the arrests may possibly enable recover the jewels, and that they would also lower brief “shameful speculation” that the robbery was a publicity stunt.

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