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French authorities arrest 16 members of crew responsible for Kim Kardashian robbery

January 9, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
French authorities arrest 16 members of crew responsible for Kim Kardashian robbery

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French authorities announced the arrests of a gang of veteran armed thieves, who are suspects of robbing millions of dollars of jewelry from Kim Kardashian in Paris back in October.

Coordinated sweeps at 6 a.m. resulted in a total of 16 suspects, one of whom is considered a “major thug” apprehended in Paris and also in the south of France, the Daily Mail reported.

The suspects range in ages from 50-72 years old, and most have lengthy criminal records.

All of the defendants are accused of breaking into Kardashian’s Paris apartment last October and tying her and a security guard up at gunpoint.

It has been revealed that a DNA sample ultimately led to the arrest, which was discovered on a piece of tape used to constrain Kardashian.

After three months of examinations, it was finally learned that the DNA corresponded to a well-known offender who had been implicated in various armed robberies.

Coordinated raids at 6 am saw a total of 16 men including a ‘major thug’ arrested in the city, and also in the south of France.

He has not been identified, but he can be held for up to 96 hours before being released or charged.

One of the suspects involved in the robbery has been partially identified as Pierre B., a “career villain” living in Grasse, located in the south of France.

The 72-year-old is part of a distinct network of criminals traversing different communities across Belgium and France.

Among the suspects include three women and two diamond dealers.

Some of the female suspects are believed to have been involved in trailing Kardashian around Paris before the heist.

Residences are still being searched, with records and other potential evidence being taken.

The sixteen suspects’ homes are still being searched, with documents and other potential evidence being seized. A suspect (right) is pictured being escorted to a police station

Seizures are also underway at other key places, including a jewelry shop in the center of Paris.

A source close to the inquiry confirmed that “months of surveillance” has taken place, including telephone wiretaps.

Spending patterns have been examined, as well as attempts to re-sell the stolen jewelry.

One theory is that many of Kardashian’s jewels made its way to Antwerp – Europe’s diamond capital.

Belgium police are also involved in the investigation and are carrying out raids in many businesses in the port city.

After months of work, DNA has now been retrieved in the Hotel de Pourtales – also known as “No Address,” which is close to the U.S. Embassy in Paris.

Kardashian, who left Paris within hours of the heist, will now have to watch a video of all the men.

French police arrested 16 people over the robbery of Kim Kardashian in Paris back in November.

It is being shipped to New York, where she will have to watch it with American police working with the French.

“The hope is that she will be able to recognize the men, so as to make positive identifications,” the source said.

Kim Kardashian has also filed a legal complaint after she was filmed at the flat right after the robbery – possibly by an accomplice.

In October, her attorneys contended that the video was made “without her consent or the police’s while they were investigating the crime scene'”

The reality TV star said that she is prepared to return to Paris if summoned by a judge.

Jean Veil, the barrister acting on her behalf in Paris, stated that “she is very calm and very determined over a matter that is especially violent.”

The five men believed to have been directly implicated in the offense are facing charges of armed robbery by an organized gang, criminal conspiracy, and kidnapping.

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