Authorities in Paris have arrested Kim Kardashian’s chauffeur and his brother as they focused Tuesday on a possible inside job into the theft of more than $10 million from the reality TV star.
Officials confirmed the arrest of the driver, Michael Madar, 40, and his brother, Gary Madar, 27, among 17 people taken into custody Monday. They worked for the same livery company.
It also emerged Tuesday that two other, unrelated brothers allegedly disposed of the swiped $4.5 million ring, which Kardashian’s rapper hubby, Kanye West, gave her as an anniversary gift, the Daily Mail reported.
The unidentified brothers – who are in their 50s and live in the Parisian suburb of Raincy – were “involved in the diamond trade, and are thought to have handled the stolen jewelry,” a law-enforcement source told the paper.
“Their homes have been searched from top to bottom, and so has a jewelry shop in Paris which is also linked to them,” the source said. “The jewelry has not yet been found — but these brothers could lead us to it over the coming days.”
The brothers were believed to be frequent visitors to the Belgian capital of Antwerp, known as the diamond capital of Europe.
“It’s a town where jewelry can be sold on with no questions asked,” the source said. “The men know the industry inside out, and may well know exactly where the ring went.”
The 20-carat Lorraine Schwartz ring is engraved with the word “Adidas,” as West had requested.
The latest developments come after Monday’s coordinated raids in and around the City of Lights, as well as in southern France that netted the arrests of 17 seasoned criminals ranging in age from 23 to 72.
Several were known for prior robberies and other crimes, according to a police document seen by The Associated Press.
Police confirmed reports that the chauffeur would have known all of Kardashian’s movements – strengthening the theory that the heist was an inside job.
Pierre B, the 72-year-old alleged ringleader, was busted after cops broke down the gate of his mansion in Plascassier, a village in souther France, the Daily Mail reported.
Meanwhile, it also emerged that the key witness in the case has not been called because French authorities would not grant him a temporary visa to re-enter the country.
Abdulrahman, the Algerian concierge who was tied up and forced at gunpoint to give the robbers access to Kardashian’s apartment at the Hôtel de Pourtalés, left for Algeria in November to recover from the stress of the experience.
Investigators have not contacted the 39-year-old to identify the suspects, and his attempts to return to France to speak with police have been rejected, the Daily Mail reported.
“Before leaving France, the judge in charge of this case told my lawyers that I should renew my residence permit so I can travel quickly for the investigation purposes,” he told the paper.
His lawyer, Henri de Beauregard, said: “He had a visa that expired in November, and when he applied for a new one, he was refused. He doesn’t want to stay in France for long, he just wants to come and be available for the investigation and help the police.
“A victim is a victim. He is no less a victim than Kim – he has a right to face his aggressor,” he added. “I don’t know if this is incompetence or just a bad decision. He is the best witness, he saw the criminals much longer than Miss Kardashian. I hope the police have a lot of solid proof and evidence, because if they don’t, it will be seen as a crazy decision.”
Woman finds she is missing £7m gold after Hatton Garden raid
The claim, which is being treated seriously by police, would mean the total stolen in the heist stands at around £21m.
The gang ransacked 73 safe deposit boxes after using a drill to bore a hole into the vault wall during the meticulously-planned heist, taking gold, diamonds and sapphires.
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How Donald Trump Spent New Year’s Eve With a Convicted Art Thief
To mark the occasion, Cinque presented Trump with a large painted statue of an eagle, which he dubbed a “one-of-a kind bronze Eagle award,” on behalf of the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, reports the Daily Beast. Cinque is director of the for-profit organization, which bestows Star Diamond Awards, the self-described “most prestigious award of true excellence,” to high-end hotels and restaurants.
According to a profile published in New York magazine in April 1995, however, Cinque also has a checkered past, with one colorful incident involving fine art:
In 1989, Cinque was arrested on felony charges; police had retrieved a gallery’s worth of stolen art from his apartment. Though police had arrived armed with a search warrant, Cinque had refused to let them in—so they’d called in a battering ram and broken down his front door. Inside they’d found two Chagall prints, valued at more than $20,000 apiece, that had recently been stolen from the Center Art Gallery on 57th Street, and a $9,000 Cecille Schatzberg sculpture stolen from the Lever Brothers Gallery on Park Avenue.Cinque was convicted of a felony for possession of stolen property, and received a “conditional discharge” in 1990, reports CNN.
In May, Trump denied knowledge of Cinque’s criminal past. “If a guy’s going to give you an award, you take it,” he told the Associated Press. “You don’t tend to look up his whole life story.”
In addition to having accepted Star Diamond awards for over a dozen of his golf courses, hotels, casinos, and private clubs, Trump was reportedly listed as an “ambassador extraordinaire” on the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences website as recently as 2015.
According to CNN, Trump praised Cinque in a 2009 promotional video for the academy, saying, “There’s nobody like him. He’s a special guy.” The former felon also judged the 2008 Miss Universe Contest alongside Trump, and attended the businessman-turned-politician’s 59th birthday party.
At Mar-a-Lago, Trump reportedly gave a speech on stage with Cinque, repeating his campaign promises to lower taxes and build a wall, informing guests, “all I can tell you is we’re gonna do a good job.”
Found Levitan's paintings stolen in Museum PLICSCOM
In the course of military operations of police, FSB and Regardie was detained robbers, suspects in the theft of five paintings from the Museum Leviathan in Plyos. Picture found