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17 arrested over Kardashian West jewelry heist

17 arrested over Kardashian West jewelry heist

January 9th, 2017 by Associated Press in International News

PARIS (AP) — French police arrested 17 people Monday in the October theft of more than $10 million worth of jewelry from Kim Kardashian West, who was tied up and locked in a bathroom after armed robbers forced their way into her rented Paris apartment.

Authorities said police seized weapons and a large amount of cash in multiple raids that took place starting around 6 a.m. in different locations in the Paris region and the south of France. The suspects ranged in age from 23 to 72, and included several known for prior robberies and other crimes, according to a police document seen by the Associated Press.

Among the items seized were an automatic pistol and other weapons, as well as $147,500 in cash, said police officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to speak publicly about the continuing investigation.

Earlier this month, the starlet broke her silence on the robbery in a teaser for the Kardashian family's reality show, telling two of her sisters her thoughts at the time: "They're going to shoot me in the back. There's no way out."

A spokeswoman for the reality star said she had no comment Monday.

The Paris prosecutors' office confirmed the arrests but declined to say whether they included five people that police have said took part in the actual robbery.

During the Oct. 3 robbery, gunmen forced their way into the private Paris residence where Kardashian West was staying, tied her up and locked her in a bathroom before making off with her jewelry. The reality TV star was in Paris attending fashion week shows.

Media reports said police tracked down the suspects through DNA evidence in the apartment.

Kardashian West has the habit of showing her jewels and whereabouts on social media, including days before the robbery when she posted pictures of herself attending fashion week shows.

Police said the thieves stole a jewelry box containing valuables worth $6.7 million as well as a ring worth $4.5 million. Police analyzed footage from surveillance cameras to try to identify the assailants, who wore fake police emblems on their jackets.