Crime

Arrests Made In Paris Robbery Of Kim Kardashian

| by John Freund

French police have arrested 16 suspects -- including one major "thug" -- in the Kim Kardashian robbery that took place in Paris in 2016. 

The Daily Mail reports that French police conducted coordinated raids throughout France, arresting 16 suspects ranging in age from 50 to 72, most with long criminal records.  

The suspects are accused of breaking into Kardashian's luxury Paris apartment last October, tying her and her security guard up at gunpoint, and stealing items which included a $9 million ring she had recently bought and posted a photo of on Snapchat.  

Police were able to make the arrests thanks to DNA evidence that was taken from a sample left on the piece of tape used to gag Kardashian. The DNA was linked to a well-known criminal with ties to several other armed robberies.  

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The criminal has yet to be named by police, who have up to 96 hours to hold him and the other alleged accomplices before charging or releasing them.  

Among the criminal is Pierre B. -- a career criminal who made millions through counterfeiting -- and two unnamed diamond dealers. Three women were also arrested, and are believed to have been the ones who trailed Kardashian around Paris before the heist took place.  

Police have been trailing the suspects for the past three months, following them and tapping their phones. They are still searching through homes and documents, and a jewelry shop in Paris is under investigation.  

Kardashian's expensive jewelry is still being sought, with one theory being that suspects fenced the items in Antwerp, the jewelry capital of Europe.  

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Reaction to the arrest on social media was swift. One Facebook user commented, "I'm glad she's getting some justice! Would be terrifying Being held at gun point by men you didn't know I get scared just answering my door to strangers at times! Sending love and strength!" 

Another added, "A crime is a crime and should be treated as such. No matter who the victim is. However, they need to look at their obnoxious marketing efforts because that is why people lose sympathies toward them. In the end, I'm sure they could care less about perception. They have plenty of money, and that is all that matters to them.."

Kardashian has yet to publicly respond to the arrests.

Sources: Daily Mail, Daily Mail/Facebook / Photo credit: Snapchat via Daily Mail

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