January 12, 2017 / 6:10 PM / 10 months ago

France puts four suspects under investigation over Kardashian robbery

PARIS (Reuters) - The Paris prosecutor has placed four people suspected of involvement in the armed robbery of U.S. reality television star Kim Kardashian under formal investigation, the prosecutor’s office said on Thursday.

A police officer stands guard at the entrance of a luxury residence on the Rue Tronchet in central Paris, France, October 3, 2016 where masked men robbed U.S. reality TV star Kim Kardashian West at gunpoint early on Monday, stealing jewellery worth millions of dollars, police and her publicist said. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/Files

A spokesman for the office said the four - aged between 27 and 64 - were being investigated for armed robbery as part of an organised gang and for kidnapping or sequestration. They will remain in provisional detention.

Six more people could also be put under formal investigation on Friday, the prosecutor’s office said.

On Monday, police investigating the robbery arrested 17 people, including a chauffeur who drove Kardashian around Paris in the days before the robbery.

In the early hours of Oct. 3, thieves wearing balaclavas and police jackets burst into the luxury property in central Paris where Kardashian, who is married to U.S. rapper Kanye West, was sleeping.

They tied her up at gunpoint before making off on bicycles with her engagement ring and other jewels worth 9 million euros ($9.5 million), authorities said at the time.

Reporting by Chine Labbe; Writing by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Tom Heneghan

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