French police arrested 16 people in raids Monday over the armed robbery of US reality TV star Kim Kardashian in Paris last year based on DNA found at the crime scene, police sources said. Police swooped in the Paris region and the south of France following forensic work at the luxury Paris residence where Kardashian was tied up and robbed of jewellery worth around nine million euros ($9.5 million) in October, one of the sources told AFP.
"One of the DNA samples matched an individual known to police for robbery and criminal offences, who is considered a major thug," the source said. Using the evidence found at the scene, investigators were able to put in place a surveillance operation and build up a picture of the criminal network behind the robbery, he said, adding that it stretched to Belgium. Money and documents were also seized in Monday's raids.
A gang of armed and masked men wearing police uniforms had burst into the residence in the chic Madeleine area of the capital where 36-year-old Kardashian and her entourage were staying during Paris Fashion Week. The gang tied up Kardashian, locked her in the bathroom and fled with jewellery including a ring worth around four million euros and a case of jewellery with a value of five million euros. - AFP, Paris