After finding out around 3 weeks ago that the group of men and women who robbed Kim Kardashian at gunpoint in Paris had been taken into custody by police, we’ve now heard the first statement by the man who was reportedly the ‘mastermind’ of the incident.
60-year-old Aomar Ait KIhedache (AKA ‘The Old Man‘) was allegedly the ringleader, and according to French media outlet Le Monde, he has told police all of Kardashian‘s jewellery has been melted down and no longer exists – except her $4 million engagement ring from husband Kanye West.
He said that the vast majority of the jewellery was taken apart, melted down, and sold in Antwerp. In his testimony, he said:
“For the jewellery never to be recognised, we made the decision to melt them. One of the people took care of it.He came back with bars. […] [All] in all, there had to be 800 and a few grams, which gave an amount of ah … 25,000 or 28,000 [€], something like that.”
The process of ‘melting down’ the stolen goods was chosen due to the fact that the jewellery is immediately recognisable, and the Kardashian robbery was extremely high-profile – something the group of career criminals were apparently not expecting.
Klhedache told police the group was completely unprepared for the story to go international, let alone viral, calling the plan a “very simple affair.”
They were also not expecting this – the robber told police that Kardashian‘s aforementioned engagement ring has not actually been sold to anyone – people are far too afraid to buy it, seeing that it’s connected to such a high-profile case:
“There is a person who has it … Everyone was afraid to sell, because it’s a stone that’s very easily spotted.”
As for why they chose to rob the reality star? Klhedache told police that it was indeed Kardashian‘s photos and posts online that made robbing her “irresistible”.
He told police that her social media presence told them everything they needed to know in order to find and rob her:
“She specified that she didn’t wear fakes, the schedules when she came to France.It was enough to look on the internet to know everything, absolutely everything.”
Looks like Kimmy‘s 3-month long hiatus from social media (and careful curation ever since) was for good reason.
Source: Le Monde.
Photo: Instagram / @kimkardashian.