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Kim Kardashian robbed ... joins string of big jewel heist victims

Published:Tuesday | October 4, 2016 | 10:00 AM
Kim Kardashian West

Kim Kardashian West joined a line of victims of major jewel heists when armed robbers entered her Paris residence, chained her to bathroom furnishings and escaped with jewels worth an estimated US$10 million. Other thieves have outwitted armed guards and alarm systems or cut through an airport fence or to seize their loot.

Some spectacular jewel thefts in recent memory:

Armed robbers forced their way early Monday into a private Paris residence where Kim Kardashian West was staying and tied her up, police officials said. They said five assailants, who are still at large, stole a jewelry box containing valuables worth €6 million (US$6.7 million) as well as a ring worth €4 million (US$4.5 million.)

A spokeswoman for Kardashian West said the reality TV star, who was in Paris attending fashion week shows, was badly shaken but physically unharmed. She left soon afterward for New York.

 

OTHER CASES

 

Flashing bling has gotten other celebrities in trouble, too.

A reported US$3 million worth of jewelry were taken from a tour bus being used by Hotline Bling rapper Drake and DJ Future the Prince while they were performing earlier this year in the US city of Phoenix. According to police, the suspect had removed a briefcase containing the jewelry in a window of 15 minutes while the performers were on stage. Police later recovered the goods by identifying a suspect through surveillance footage.