French police have arrested 16 people in five different cities in connection with the Kim Kardashian robbery that took place in Paris last October, according to local media reports.
During the terrifying ordeal, two armed masked men entered the luxury private residence disguised as police officers, and the 36-year-old reality star and mother of two was locked up in a bathroom and tied up by the robbers. They reportedly got away with around $10 million in jewelry.
French police say the gang of veteran criminals they have detained range in age from 50 to 72, and most have long rap sheets. According to official sources, a DNA sample that matched one of the suspects was found on a piece of tape used to gag Kardashian.
One of the men allegedly involved in the robbery has been partially identified as Pierre B., a 72-year-old “career villain” living in the south of France who reportedly made millions through counterfeit money. The group, that reportedly operates out of France and Belgium, also includes three women and two diamond dealers.
Five suspects are thought to have been directly involved in the crime, sources say, and others acted as “fences” to move the merchandise.
The 16 suspects’ homes are still being searched, with documents and other potential evidence being seized. In France, suspects can be held for up to 96 hours before being charged or released.
Kardashian, who flew out of Paris within hours of her ordeal, will now be asked to watch a video of the men in order to identify her assailants.
In a trailer for an upcoming series of the family’s reality show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, she is pictured telling her sisters that she thought that she was going to be shot in the back, adding: “It makes me so upset to think about it.”
Since her ordeal she has vowed to stop showing off her expensive bling on social media – and recently posted more low-key photos of her family on Instagram, and a Snapchat video of a “Calabasas” gold necklace that retails for $500.
Main photo: Kim Kardashian West [Wikimedia Commons]