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  • It's the early hours of the morning of October  3rd, 2016. In a quiet Parisian suburb police chief  

  • Christian Sainte is fast asleep next to his wifeSince he investigated the Paris massacre the year  

  • before, he's had trouble getting a full night's  sleep, but on this night, he's blissfully swaddled  

  • in soft sheets, having sweet, sweet dreams. Not for long

  • At approximately 3 am he's awoken from his  slumber by the sound of his phone ringing.  

  • The noise stirs his wife out of sleep, tooher mind immediately finding the words,  

  • Not again.” The person on the other end of  the line is the night officer calling from HQ.  

  • There's been a “vol à main armée” – an armed  robbery. It's happened at a very swanky place,  

  • too, a rarified joint where Hollywood  movie stars rub shoulders with oil barons

  • What he doesn't know at that moment is he's  being informed about the robbery of one of the  

  • world's biggest TV reality stars, a woman whose  backside has had more TV time than global warming.  

  • Sainte has no idea this case will become  known in France as, “L'Affaire Kardashian”,  

  • a “cause celebrethat will turn out to  sound like something from a crime novel

  • Nonetheless, when he hears her name, he  doesn't even know who she is. Rubbing his eyes,  

  • with one leg in his pants and a cup of coffee  steaming next to his laptop, he types into a  

  • Google search box the words, “Kim Kardashian.”  After a bit of reading, he thinks, “Whaou!...  

  • This woman has a lot of 'likes' on Facebook.” He's soon surrounded by Paparazzi, to the extent  

  • that at times he feels he's the last crop  in the middle of a swarm of locusts. Sure,  

  • he's been in the spotlight before. He investigated  that terrible massacre; he's worked on a number  

  • of very high-profile crimes, but nothing  he's done can prepare him for a Kardashian

  • For him of course, it's work, it's what  he does, but for the rest of the world,  

  • it is entertainment. It's arguably the most real  thing that's ever happened to the reality star,  

  • so what's ironic, is many of her fans don't  believe it happened. For the conspiracy theorists  

  • that hide in every corner of the Internet, it is  a staged event, something we'll come back to soon

  • Ok, so let's go back to start. Maybe some of you have no idea what we're  

  • talking about. Perhaps even a few of you have  remained sane enough not to get caught up in the  

  • world of Kim Kardashian and her famous family. We're not going to do some kind of bio here,  

  • so all you need to know is that Kim Kardashian is  an incredibly wealthy American TV reality star who  

  • cut her teeth doing things in front of people who  liked how she looked. Yep, she got famous by being  

  • famous, for being a socialite, for being richfor showing off her allegedly enhanced body parts,  

  • and finally, for marrying a rap star turned man  that once wanted to be President, Kanye West

  • That relationship took a turn for the worse, and  not long before we started writing this show,  

  • Kardashian filed for divorce. Both her and  West have been in Time's, “100 Most Influential  

  • People.” She was in there before the robbery  when she was already making buckets of money from  

  • influencing people. Her net worth as of June 2020  was said to be $900 million. When she was with  

  • West, and she was at the time of the heist, the  two of them had an astronomical amount of cash

  • With that in mind, Kardashian wasn't and isn't  averse to shelling out a few dollars on jewelry

  • Ok, so she went to France forParis Fashion Week”  and we expect a bit of a holiday. She did once  

  • say, “Holidays are the best”, although perhaps her  2016 jaunt to Paris wasn't the best time of her  

  • life. In fact, her ordeal sounds terrifying. She was staying at a luxury residence on  

  • Paris's Rue Tronchet, apparently, the  hotel-slash-apartment doesn't stand out.  

  • That's why it's sometimes called, “No Address  Hotel.” You can only stay there if your name is  

  • on the guest list, if you know what we mean. You  either have to be very wealthy, or very famous

  • She liked the $16,000-plus a night suite a lot and  had stayed there before with Mr. West. At the time  

  • of the heist, he wasn't there. He was doing a gig  at an Arts Festival in New York. Quite suddenly he  

  • just stopped playing and told the many fans, “I'm  sorry, family emergency. I have to stop the show.” 

  • Not long before that, at around 2.30 am in Parisfive guys had entered the No Address Hotel. They  

  • shouldn't have even been allowed into the placebut because they were all wearing police uniforms  

  • the concierge opened the door. That wasmistake. The gang handcuffed him and at gunpoint  

  • demanded he take them to Kardashian's room. She was sleeping at the time, naked except for  

  • a bathrobe, when she thought she heard footsteps  outside her door. She shouted out, “Who's there”,  

  • to which there was no answer. It was thenat 2.56 am, that she called her bodyguard

  • The next thing she knew two men appeared in front  of her, and with them was a tied-up concierge.  

  • Both men were hooded, although  only one of them had a ski mask on.  

  • Both guys were dressed mostly in black and  both of them had police written on their tops.  

  • Frightened out of her wits she watched in horror  as the guy with the ski mask approached her

  • In English, but in a foreign accent, he demanded  she hand over her diamond engagement ring.  

  • That ring was reportedly worth $4 million. You  can understand why she might not have wanted  

  • to give it up, and at first, she told the man she  didn't know where it was. Her memory soon improved  

  • when the guy held a gun to her head. He then  started looking around for the rest of the stash

  • Here we will interrupt the story and tell  you something about France's so-called,  

  • home-jackers.” You see, robbing  banks these days isn't easy at all.  

  • There's just so much security. In France, like  in other countries, a new way to steal a ton  

  • of cash is by robbing the rich in their homes. Celebrities are sometimes the targets, especially  

  • ones whose lives you can follow online. You know  what they own, sometimes where they're staying,  

  • and often what valuables they like to travel  with. The day before she was robbed, Kardashian  

  • had posted a selfie on Instagram wearing an  incredibly large and expensive diamond ring.  

  • She also posed with diamonds decorating her mouth. This crafty gang in France had been staking  

  • out Kim Kardashian on social mediaAccording to the French cops,  

  • these gangs are smart and will wait in prey  for the people they've been watching online

  • In one case in France, a gang tied up the members  of a rich family and put each member in a separate  

  • room. The gang then threatened each family  member and asked where the valuables were kept.  

  • One of them is always bound to tell, especially  when someone could get seriously hurt. Usually,  

  • the gangs don't want to resort to  violence, but they will if necessary

  • With this particular family, they'd followed  them on the socialite pages of Vogue magazine.  

  • After the robbery, the gang even had the  audacity to call the father of the family  

  • and ask for the appraisal documents  for the stolen jewels. Apparently,  

  • the gang was finding it hard to sell them without  those documents. It was a case of, tell us what we  

  • want to know, or we'll find you and hurt you. Ok, you get the picture. You know what kind  

  • of people we are talking about here. Now back to  Kim in a bathrobe with a gun pointed at her head

  • The guy in the ski mask said in no uncertain  terms, tell me where the jewels are. He took her  

  • out to the landing, where she thought about making  a run for it, and then realized she'd probably get  

  • shot when the elevator door didn't open in time. He took her to the bedroom where he pushed her  

  • forcefully onto the bed and tied her  hands with plastic cables and tape.  

  • When she screamed he covered her mouth with the  same tape. The guy then picked her up, took her  

  • to the bathroom, and dumped her in the bathtub. It wasn't hard to find what they were looking for.  

  • The bounty included what was in a jewelry boxwhat was lying around, and what was in her purse.  

  • According to Kardashian's statement  to the police, the haul included

  • Two Cartier diamond bracelets, a Jacob  necklace in gold inlaid with diamonds,  

  • earrings with diamonds by Loraine Schwarzand others by Yanina. Three gold necklaces  

  • by Jacob, little bracelets, jewels, rings.  A necklace by Loraine Schwarz with diamonds,  

  • another little necklace with six diamonds  underneath. Another diamond necklace with  

  • the name of my son Saint on it. A Jacob  diamond cross. Two rings in yellow gold.” 

  • Yep, she obviously didn't travel light. We're  surprised she didn't add to that statement,  

  • the kitchen sinkthe diamond-studded kitchen  sink.” All in all, around 10 million dollars'  

  • worth of jewelry was taken from her. They  also took her smartphones and some cash

  • In the bathtub, she didn't really know what was  going on. She did fear for her life, though,  

  • thinking the guys might come back in. When  she was sure they'd gone, she started to rip  

  • the tape off her. That, she said, wasn't hard at  all. She guessed the guys weren't too experienced  

  • at home-invasions. She even said they argued  like kids all the time while doing the robbery

  • According to reports, the gang's getaway vehicles  were bicycles. We guess they didn't think they'd  

  • be involved in a high-speed chase through  Paris. It was actually quite clever because  

  • bicycles are easy to get rid of and hard to  trace, and the gang knew CCTV was watching  

  • them. They're not very good carriers of bagsthough. During the escape, one guy dropped a  

  • diamond and platinum cross on the sidewalk. Three days later, some people's world was  

  • turned upside down when they heard that  the next installment ofKeeping up with  

  • the Kardashianswas going to be placed  on hold indefinitely. Fans were already  

  • feeling the first shivers of cold turkey when  the robbery became a sensation in the media

  • But get this, some people thought  there hadn't been a robbery at all.  

  • Some folks thought she was behind it all. You see, some things just didn't add up for  

  • some people. They asked the question of why  she was carrying so much jewelry with her.  

  • Ok, so a diamond ring and maybe a necklace  or two is reasonable, but why was she in  

  • France with a veritable pirate's treasure chest? Well, she was at the time incredibly wealthy and  

  • not one to shy away from the cameras. Perhaps she  always carried that many valuables with her. After  

  • all, listen to what a member of the Saudi Royal  family said after being asked about the heist

  • There's no question in my mind that this  will play heavily on the mind of shoppers and  

  • travelers from the Gulf when it comes to visiting  Paris. Lots wear their jewelry very openly here.” 

  • Maybe her traveling treasure  wasn't all that strange

  • Then others asked, why was she not bruised after  her ordeal, especially around her wrists, and if  

  • her smartphone had been stolen, why was she using  one in a photo after she'd spoken to the police?  

  • They knew this because they'd seen a video clip. Some people wondered if she had not staged the  

  • entire thing to make a giant insurance claimThat kind of talk on the internet didn't sit  

  • well with her. She said that not only had she been  the victim of a violent robbery, but she was now  

  • being victimized back home in the US. Let's  remember this is a woman who at gunpoint had  

  • screamed the words, “Don't kill me, I have babiesdon't kill me, please, I have babies! I'm a mom!” 

  • She soon filed lawsuits against several media  outlets and put a gag order on that video.  

  • She later dropped the lawsuits, which  inspired conspiracy theorists once again to  

  • air their knee-jerk reactions online. Okthey said, maybe she didn't do it for the  

  • insurance money, but maybe she just wanted  even more publicity than she already has

  • Really? She'd risk becoming a criminal  in France to get more attention when she  

  • arguably has more attention than the sun? The  whole thing being staged just didn't add up

  • Then, some suspects were apprehended by  police along with the alleged ringleader,  

  • one Aomar Ait Khedache, ala, “Omar the Elder”.  This 60-something man was made out to be some  

  • kind of criminal mastermind, although his lawyer  said he isvery far from the fantasized image  

  • of a great bandit that he is portrayed.” Another guy was arrested after his DNA was  

  • found at the site. He later admitted that  he'd been part of the robbery and had even  

  • tried to sell her ring. He added that this proved  difficult, given that the ring was so well-known.  

  • It aint easy to fence the crown jewelsthat's for sure, but it can be done

  • 11 suspects were apprehended in total, most of  them aged 44 to 72. The five men that entered  

  • the building that day have since been dubbed the  “grandpa robbersbecause they were aged 60 to 72. 

  • As we write this, the trial has yet to take  place, although one man named Yunice Abbas  

  • isn't denying anything. He's since written  a book called, “I Kidnapped Kim Kardashian.”  

  • This 67-year-old is the guy that dropped the  diamond-encrusted cross on the sidewalk when  

  • he was making his slow getaway on a bicycle. He later wrote, “It went fastmaybe five,  

  • six, seven minutesfrom entry to exit, because  everything went smoothly. Nobody interfered, the  

  • victim handed over the jewels without resistance.”  He's hoping he'll be given a light sentence given  

  • his honesty and the fact he has an ailing heart. As for the missing jewelry, well, the Kardashian  

  • bling is still out there somewhere. It's very  likely everything was taken apart and those  

  • parts were sold separately. They could well be  sitting in jewelry stores in Antwerp as we speak,  

  • one day becoming part of some other rich person's  jewelry collection. As one expert said about the  

  • stolen diamonds, “They will be on the fingers  of Americans within six months to a year.”...  

  • And they won't ever know they once made eight  million people on Instagram green with envy

  • That concierge, he was racked with  guilt after what happened. So much  

  • so that he wrote a letter to Kardashian. It went: “Dear Kim. When you feel the cold steel of a gun  

  • at your neck, it's the moment when remaining calm  can mean the difference between life and death,  

  • both our lives. I hope you are feeling better.” She didn't reply

  • Now you need to watch, “Insane Way Bank Robbers  Executed Perfect Bank Heist (Stole $20 Million).”  

  • Or, have a look at, “Airplane Heist - Thief Who  Hijacked A Plane and Stole A Million Dollars.”

It's the early hours of the morning of October  3rd, 2016. In a quiet Parisian suburb police chief  

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