Seventeen people were arrested in France on Monday, January 9, in connection with the armed robbery of Kim Kardashian, including the limousine driver who drove the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star around Paris in the days before the robbery.
Many of those arrested in coordinated police raids in several different parts of France were known underworld figures aged around 50 and at least three were women, police and judicial sources said.
French radio and TV reports on Monday said DNA traces from the scene of the heist led police to the suspects and that they would be held for questioning, possibly for as much as four days.A police source said one of those detained was Kardashian’s chauffeur when she was visiting Paris in October for Fashion Week and that police were trying to establish whether he had passed on information to the gang.
As previously reported, thieves wearing ski masks and clothes with police markings burst into the luxury property where Kardashian was sleeping in the early hours of Oct. 3. They tied her up at gunpoint before making off with her engagement ring and other jewels. They fled on bicycles with jewelry worth 9 million euros ($9.5 million).
Jean Veil, a French lawyer for Kardashian, told France 2 television: “She (Kardashian) is very happy, very satisfied and to a certain extent reassured by the efficiency of the French police.”
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