Advertisement

French police arrest 16 in connection with Kim Kardashian West robbery

Click to play video 'French police arrest 16 in connection with Kim Kardashian West robbery' French police arrest 16 in connection with Kim Kardashian West robbery
WATCH ABOVE: 16 people have been arrested in connection with the gunpoint robbery of reality TV star Kim Kardashian in Paris in October.

PARIS – French police arrested 16 people Monday in connection with the October theft of more than $10 million worth of jewelry from Kim Kardashian West.

Paris police officials said the arrests took place starting around 6 a.m. in different locations in the Paris region. The suspects can be held for up to 96 hours before police must either charge them or let them go.

READ MORE: Kim Kardashian West robbed of millions in jewelry at gunpoint in Paris

On Oct. 3, robbers forced their way into the private Paris residence where Kardashian West was staying, tied her up, locked her in a bathroom and held her at gunpoint before making off with her jewelry. The reality TV star was in Paris attending fashion week shows.

WATCH: Kim Kardashian breaks social media silence

Click to play video 'Kim Kardashian breaks her social media silence' Kim Kardashian breaks her social media silence
Kim Kardashian breaks her social media silence

Media reports said police tracked down the suspects through DNA evidence found at the residence. An official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t allowed to speak publicly about the investigation said many were already well known for robbery and other crimes.

Story continues below advertisement

READ MORE: Kim Kardashian discusses Paris robbery in new KUWTK promo: ‘They were going to shoot me in the back’

Earlier this month, the starlet broke her silence on the robbery in a new teaser for the family’s reality show, telling two of her sisters her thoughts at the time: “They’re going to shoot me in the back. There’s no way out.”

WATCH: Security Video Shows Kim Kardashian’s Alleged Robbers

Police said the thieves stole a jewelry box containing valuables worth 6 million euros ($6.7 million) as well as a ring worth 4 million euros ($4.5 million).

At the time, a spokeswoman for Kardashian West said she was badly shaken but physically unharmed. The robbery raised new concerns about security in the French capital after a string of deadly extremist attacks.

Story continues below advertisement
A suspect in Kim Kardashian West’s Paris robbery is brought to BRB building, Brigade de Repression du Banditisme (suppression of banditry brigade) on Jan. 9, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/Getty Images)
A suspect in Kim Kardashian West’s Paris robbery is brought to BRB building, Brigade de Repression du Banditisme (suppression of banditry brigade) on Jan. 9, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/Getty Images).