Update (29/01): The ringleader behind the heist, Aomar Ait Khedache has admitted to police in transcript from an interview published in Le Monde, that the majority of goods stolen from the reality TV star have already been melted down and sold off, apart from her treasured Lorraine Schwartz engagement ring from Kanye West. The 60-year-old known criminal stated that his team stayed in Paris after the heist before heading to Antwerp in Belgium to sell the goods after melting them down so they wouldn't be recognised but a member of his team, he did not specify who, held onto the ring as it was too infamous to sell on at that time. A total of 10 people have now been charged in connection with the theft.
Update (10/01): New reports have suggested the attack could have been an inside job as one of the men arrested is a driver for a limo company frequently used by the Kardashians when they visit Paris. It has also been revealed that three of the suspects are female and were caught as they had been seen on CCTV footage tailing Kim for three days leading up to the heist. The remaining 14 men in custody were arrested across 5 cities as a result of phone-tapping and DNA evidence with the eldest suspect, a 72-year-old man, being arrested in Grasse and found with large sums of cash and a firearm.
Three months after Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint in her apartment in Paris, 16 suspects have been arrested by French police. According to a report from French media channel Europe 1, “These arrests took place simultaneously at 6 o’clock in several parts of the Paris region. They were conducted by the police officers of the Paris Police Station’s Brigade for the Suppression of Banditry (BRB), responsible for the investigation conducted by two examining magistrates.”
The thieves were rumoured at one point to be part of the infamous Pink Panther gang, notorious for stealing from high-profile victims but no further news has been released as yet regarding the identities of the suspects, whom under French law, can remain in custody for up to 96 hours. Leaving Kim's Parisian hotel room with over Dhs40,403,550 worth of jewellery, including a ring given to her by husband Kanye West worth Dhs16,528,725, the men have remained at large until now despite being seen on CCTV fleeing the scene via bicycle and even dropping one of the stolen necklaces in the street as they made their escape.
The news follows Kim's admission of helplessness in teaser scenes from the upcoming season 13 of the family's reality show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians. "They're going to shoot me in the back, there's no way out," she recalls in a trailer for the latest episode, "It makes me so upset to think about it."
Following the events of that night, Kim took a break from social media and public appearances, only returning to the digital sphere earlier this week and confirming her first public appearance since the robbery at her make-up artist's workshop later this month in Dubai. Kanye also suffered a public breakdown reportedly brought on, in part, by the traumatic events of that night, even calling out long-time pal Jay-Z for not 'being there' for his family, before cancelling the rest of his Saint Pablo tour and being hospitalized and placed 'under observation' for a week in Los Angeles.
Hopefully these recent advancements in the case can begin to bring the Kardashian-West family some peace.