Paris Police Chief Is 'Very Confident' He'll Catch Kim Kardashian West's Robbers
Paris police chief Christian Sainte also shut down rumors the robbery was a hoax
Three weeks have passed since Kim Kardashian West was robbed at gunpoint in Paris and her perpetrators remain at large — but French authorities are still hard at work on the case.
In an interview with Vanity Fair — his first with foreign media — Paris police chief Christian Sainte discussed the crime, which took place on Oct. 3 at the No Address Hotel, where masked men stole millions of dollars worth of jewelry from Kardashian West.
While Slainte could not give specific details about the robbery since the investigation is still ongoing, he shut down allegations that the robbery was somehow a hoax.
“At this time, there is no doubt about the reality of the crime,” he said.
Because of the severity of the crime, Kardashian West’s star status and the value of the stolen items, the case is being handled by the elite Paris crime unit La Brigade de Répression du Banditisme, known as the B.R.B., a brigade of 100 plain-clothed officers specializing in armed robbery and organized crime.
At this time, no arrests have been made and Slainte would not specify whether any of the suspects have been identified — but he did say “there is a professional team that committed this crime, and they seem to be organized.”
“That’s why the B.R.B. is on the case,” he added. “The B.R.B. has experience with people who attack with arms, and a big part of the brigade is now working on the Kim Kardashian case.”
When asked about the pressure he and the B.R.B. are under to catch the thieves, Slainte said: “I’m very confident.”
“It’s important because of the implication: Is Paris secure? It’s important economically,” he added. “So that’s another reason why it is important for us to solve this case.”
In regards to whether the robbers were tracking the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star via social media, Slainte couldn’t say — though he did admit Kardashian West had been “giving information on social media all the time.”
Last week, security footage of the thieves coming and fleeing the scene on bicycles surfaced, and Slainte said this marks “the first occurrence of a bicycle being used in a major robbery.”
According to the chief, gaining entry to the hotel’s courtyard from the street was easy because they apparently knew the security code to the building’s front door.
“Simple building, no cameras, no sophisticated locks,” said Slainte.
Meanwhile, Kardashian West, 35, has maintained an extremely low profile since the incident, spending almost all of her time at home in Los Angeles with her daughter North, 3, and son Saint, 10 months.
A source told PEOPLE last week she “is still having a difficult time” and “has zero desire to resume her old life.”
“She just wants to be with her kids and out of public,” said the insider. “No one is pressuring her either. She has the best support from her family.”
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