The Kim Kardashian robbery finally has its first busts. French police arrested 17 people Monday in connection with the violent jewel heist in October of the reality star — a high-profile crime that has remained a mystery.
Paris police announced the arrests of suspects ranging in age from 23 to 72, all of whom were known for prior robberies and crimes. During the morning raids, authorities uncovered a stash of firearms, plus about 140,000 euros ($147,500) in cash. Police released no details about the people in custody and announced no charges. Kardashian will be expected to identify suspects through a video feed in New York City.
Kardashian’s French lawyer Jean Veil told the magazine L’Express the arrests were “a nice surprise” that might lead to some answers. This is the first breakthrough in the heist since five masked and armed robbers escaped Kardashian’s Paris abode Oct. 3 on bicycles — and with more than $10 million in snatched jewelry. The 36-year-old mother of two said the thieves had her bound, gagged and held at gunpoint after storming into her semi-secret hotel room during Paris Fashion Week.
Kardashian and her husband, rapper Kanye West, have kept quiet about the incident since her return to America, even as speculation ran rampant about the robbery’s unsolved details. But Kardashian opened up about her trauma in a clip from the upcoming season of “Keeping up with the Kardashians,” and said she feared for her life as the bandits raided her room.
“They’re going to shoot me in the back,” she recalled through tears in the clip, released last week. “There’s no way out….It makes me so upset to think about it.” She escaped unharmed. The robbery was one of two high-profile troubles to plague the Kardashian family in 2016. West, who notoriously ran off the stage of a sold-out show when he heard about the robbery, nixed the rest of his Saint Pablo tour in November and briefly went under psychiatric hold in Los Angeles.