Kim Kardashian robbery in Paris: 16 people arrested

Kim Kardashian West participates in a television interview as she arrives for the 20th Annual Webby Awards in Manhattan, New York, U.S., May 16, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo - RTSRT2M

Sixteen people have been arrested in connection with the robbery of Kim Kardashian in Paris in October, according to reports.

The reality TV star was tied up and robbed of some €10m (£7m) worth of jewellery, when a gang of masked men burst into her apartment during Paris Fashion Week.

Reports by French media say DNA traces have led the police to the suspects, three months after the robbery took place.

According to Europe 1, the arrests took place at 6am in and around the city.

The operation was co-ordinated by the Banditry Repression Brigade of the French police – a special unit in charge of armed robberies.

According to French media, some of the suspects are well known to the police for their criminal history.

Kim Kardashian shows off a ring on Instagram
Image Caption:Kardashian posted a photo of her 3.5 million pound ring on Instagram before the robbery

The robbers, wearing ski masks and dressed as French police, broke into the apartment at around 3am on 3 October and held a gun to Kardashian West’s head before tying her up and locking her in the bathroom.

They were let into the building near the historic Madeleine Church in the 8th arrondissement by the building’s concierge.

The police source said a jewellery box had been taken containing a ring worth €4m (£3.5m), as well as other valuables worth between €5m and €6m (£4.4m – £5.2m).

According to a police spokesperson, the star was “badly shaken but physically unharmed”.

Kim Kardashian with daughter North West
Image Caption:Kim Kardashian with daughter North West leaving the Paris police station

The luxury apartment where she was staying is said to have cost up to €15,000 (£13,000) a night.

Kardashian West also stayed there before her wedding to rapper Kanye West in 2014.

Kanye cut short a concert in the US following the incident.

In footage shot by fans, he was heard saying, “I’m sorry, I have a family emergency. I have to stop the show” – before walking off stage.

The suspects can be held for questioning for 96 hours without being charged.

The Paris prosecutor could not be immediately reached for comment.

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