Earlier this week, investigators in Paris focused on the possibility that the jewelry heist involving Kim Kardashian was the result of an inside job. On Monday, raids across France resulted in the detention of Kardashian’s chauffeur as well as 16 others. The arrested driver had chauffeured Kardashian during Fashion Week in Paris. The limo company is one that the Kardashian family uses frequently, when visiting Paris.
A French police officer entering the residence of Kim Kardashian in Paris to investigate the robbery - Michael Euler - Associated Press
On Wednesday, though, the Paris prosecutor's office confirmed the release of three suspects, which included the chauffeur. The company where he remains an employee told TMZ he was called by the police only for “testimony purposes” and that he was never a suspect in the case. He was released without any criminal charge.
After the arrest, police confirmed to E! News that the limo driver was the last to drive Kardashian before the heist and would have known of her movements. The police report stated that 14 of the detained suspects were men and three were women. French law requires that those detained be released by Friday, if not charged by then.
The New York Times cited multiple sources who reported that most of those arrested were seasoned criminals. Some have histories of armed robberies and drug trafficking. Five have been involved in previous burglaries. Searches of properties linked to the suspects conducted after the arrests yielded 140,000 Euros (about $147,500) in cash along with weapons.
DNA evidence from adhesive tape used to restrict Kardashian’s movement helped the police narrow down the group of possible suspects. Reports also suggest that five men who dressed up as police officers during the charade were also arrested.
Only recently has Kardashian broken her silence on the robbery. In a teaser for the family’s reality show, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” she is seen telling her sisters how she felt during the incident. She says, “They're going to shoot me in the back. There's no way out.”
Officials involved with the investigation have not elaborated on how they think the robbery unfolded. What’s common knowledge by now is that Kardashian’s bodyguard was gone for the night. According to the French Interior Ministry, five men entered the mansion and threatened the concierge with a weapon. They handcuffed him and forced him to open Kardashian’s apartment. The French prosecutor’s office has previously said that two of the men gained entry into the apartment, put a gun to Kardashian’s head, tied her up and made off with cash and jewelry worth around $10 million.
Jean Veil, Kardashian's French lawyer, described the detentions as a welcome surprise. He said to France's L'Express magazine, “On the one hand, it will perhaps mean the jewels will be recovered and on the other hand it puts an end to disgraceful speculation by some people, who thought it clever to pretend this robbery was a set-up or a publicity stunt by Madame Kardashian.”
There has been no word from Kardashian or her spokesperson after the recent developments.