French police chief blames Kim Kardashian for flaunting her jewellery on social media for robbery as it emerges thieves left no trace of DNA
- French police chief blamed Kim Kardashian for flashing jewellery online
- Johanna Primevert said her 'celebrity status that made her an easy target'
- The robbers made off with her 20-carat Lorraine Schwartz engagement ring worth £3.5million and a case of jewellery with a value of £5.24million
- Neighbours of star 'did not hear a thing' when she was screaming for help while being robbed in Paris and gangsters did not leave a trace of DNA
A French police chief has blamed Kim Kardashian for flashing her jewellery on social media as it made her easy pickings for thieves.
The robbers made off with her 20-carat Lorraine Schwartz engagement ring worth £3.5million and a case of jewellery with a value of £5.24million.
Her hands and feet were bound with cable ties during the robbery and she is believed to have been dumped in her marble bath tub during the terrifying heist.
Kim Kardashian, pictured here leaving Ferdi restaurant in Paris with her giant ring on September 29, made herself an easy target, a French police chief has said
Kardashian's 20-carat ring by Lorraine Schwartz was given to her by her husband, Kanye West, and is believed to be one of the items robbers stole
Johanna Primevert, chief spokeswoman for the Paris police department, said her celebrity status made her an easy target.
She told CNN: 'It was really the celebrity who was targeted, with possessions that had been seen and noticed via social media, and it was these goods that the attackers targeted.'
Her former bodyguard Steve Stanulis, 42, added: 'Security was out with the sisters and Kim had been showing all the jewellery on Snapchat. It's a perfect storm to get robbed.'
'I saw this happening. It just had to with the way Kim flaunts her riches and her diamonds.
'She has nearly 50 million people( on Twitter) who at any moment and on any day know where she is.
'And then she shows them this mighty great expensive rock on her hand a few hours before and she invites trouble.
'She could fall prey to stalkers, crazy fans or criminals like this weekend at any time and she and Kanye now have to take this as a warning.'
The Lorraine Schwartz ring is the second one gifted to Kim by Kanye - after he originally proposed with a similar rock in 2013
Shawn Tuma, a Texas cybersecurity attorney, said celebrities with a prolific presence on social media can put themselves at risk.
Kardashian has 84 million followers on Instagram and another 48 million on Twitter. It is a vital for her and her family's brand and their desire to forever keep in the public eye.
He told Vanity Fair: 'They use their social media, they use their public presence as a huge part of their business model.
'So what this (robbery) shows is the importance of evaluating your risk profile, whether you're a company, whether you're an individual, and saying, 'How much risk am I exposing myself to?''
Kardashian flaunted her second engagement ring given to her by Kanye in a Snapchat video posted just two hours before she was robbed at gunpoint
Officers are still hunting the five people suspected of assaulting Kardashian at her palatial apartment at the upmarket Hotel de Pourtales, which she rents for £25,000 a month.
They wore ski masks to hide their faces as they attacked the 35-year-old reality TV star and mother-of-two who screamed 'Please don't kill me! I have children'.
The men tied her hands together, pulled tape across her mouth, and then placed her in a marble bath.
The door of the bathroom was then locked, and two members of the gang helped themselves to the jewellery.
The robbers had also handcuffed and gagged the concierge who had opened the door of the apartment block, which is close to the British Embassy.
The terrified star reportedly asked the concierge 'Are we gonna die?' and he calmly replied, 'I don't know' when he was led the robbers into her flat.
Neighbours of the star 'did not hear a thing' when she was screaming for help while being robbed in Paris and the gangsters did not leave a trace of DNA.
Kardashian is said to have been screaming frantically both before and after being locked in a bathroom, where she too was bound up with tape across her mouth.
She managed to escape, according to her own testament, and made a phone call to her bodyguard Pascal Duvier logged at 2.56am on Monday, while also shouting for help from a balcony.
After their highly organised raid, the five men were seen escaping on 'velibs' - hire bicycles which can be rented all over Paris.
Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint by masked men at an apartment in Paris in the early hours of Monday. She is pictured here with sister Kourtney in Paris on Sunday night wearing her huge engagement ring (left), just hours before being robbed
They were reportedly caught on CCTV as they crept past a sleeping guard.
It was thought the armed gang avoided a police camera, which was not pointed at the front of her Paris apartment block and that local businesses didn't have any footage either.
However, now it has been revealed the gang was caught in a 'million-to-one' image after a camera facing a mirror reflected their getaway.
According to The Sun, French police have now seized the footage from the Bel Ange nail salon on the same street as the apartment.
A camera on the salon's mezzanine-level was reportedly facing a large mirror which reflected an image of the gang as they made their getaway.
The mother-of-two sported a white two-piece number as she stepped out in Paris
The revelation comes after a new video emerged showing a mystery car tailing Kim as she left a French fashion house just hours before the robbery.
The footage shows a grey Fiat 500 trying to constantly cut in front of photographers and wanting to tailgate the car carrying Kardashian, her husband Kanye West and her sister Kourtney after they left a fitting at Givenchy.
According to photographers on motorbikes who were also following the reality TV star, the driver of the car was talking loudly on his phone but looked to be smartly dressed.
At one point, photographers who were angry by his driving tried to confront him as Kardashian arrived at a restaurant in the French capital.
And when asked who he was, the man apparently replied that he was a police officer.
It is also claimed he also tried to enter the restaurant where the family were eating but was turned away by security.
Photographers also claim he was spotted outside the apartment that was raided with Kardashian inside and he was stood there for two hours, constantly looking inside the gate and clutching his phone.
New York architect Peter Marino (left) poses with Kim Kardashian (left) and Kourtney Kardashian (right) at the private dinner hosted by Surface Magazine and Azzedine Alaia as part of Paris Fashion Week on Sunday night, hours before the robbery
French police investigation have claimed Kardashian was tailed by two men in the days leading up to the robbery.
The two men – described as 'Caucasian' and 'North African' – posed as a plain-clothed detective and as a photographer to gain vital 'close surveillance' information for robbery.
One even tried to gain access to the Kardashian's exclusive apartment at Hotel Pourtales ahead of the raid in the early hours of Monday morning, investigators fear.
The men – who spoke with French accents – are now thought to be suspects in the multi-million dollar jewellery heist.
Kardashian, who was in the French capital to attend fashion week shows, returned to the U.S. on Monday.
Among the pieces Kardashian had with her in Paris were these necklaces from her husband Kanye's upcoming collection with Jacob Arabo, who sells his pieces to the rich and famous for thousands of pounds
She was also wearing grillz by Dolly Cohen in one of her Snapchat stories in Paris, which can cost upwards of 200 euros (£174.82)
Experts predict the robbers will struggle to dispose of their loot.
Sandrine Marcot, acting president of the French union of jewellers and watchmakers, said the value of the haul would 'crash' due to the media hype around the heist and the recognisability of the stolen goods.
A police source said: 'Everyone knows that ring. It won't be easy to get rid of it. These are not everyday jewels. These are unique pieces.'
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