After more grisly details from Kim Kardashian‘s robbery emerged last night, sources say the Pink Panther Gang might have something to do with it. The infamous gang of what the Daily Mail refers to as “super-criminals” have gotten away with millions of dollars worth of jewelry in high-profile heists dating back to 1984.
The group, whose members mostly hail from Serbia and Montenegro, got their name after a 2003 London robbery, in which one of the thieves hid a diamond in a pot of beauty cream, similar to a plot line in one of the Pink Panther movies. They’ve reportedly stolen more than $300 million worth of jewelry to date.
Their most famous heist was in 2007 at the Wafi Mall in Dubai, where security caught footage of gang members smashing two cars into the mall so they could get into the Graff jewelry store. A man dressed in a black body suit and armed with a gun and hammer stole more than $2 million worth of diamonds, then got back into the car and sped off. The entire incident took no more than 170 seconds.
According to sources close to Kardashian, the 35-year-old reality star was ambushed by a group of armed men dressed as police officers after they forced the concierge to let them into her private Paris apartment. The Pink Panther Gang is known for similar ruses to gain entry into their target’s home as well as using creative getaway methods, including bikes and boats.
The gang consists of roughly 200 people and have targeted several spots in Cannes, Tokyo, Singapore and Dubai. According to the Daily Mail, they’re also known for their minimal violence and precision, meaning they would have presumably studied Kardashian’s social media before making their move. Considering she thoroughly documents her life on Snapchat, the constant Snaps of pricey jewels would be enough to get them interested. Many of the items she wore in recent social postings were stolen.
From the Daily Mail,
If the Pink Panthers were involved in the robbery at Kim’s home – a luxury block apartment block called Hotel Pourtalès – they would have done their homework.
They probably monitored Kim’s social media and may have seen the jewellery she was wearing in Paris after she Snapchatted a picture.
They would have cased the building beforehand.
It is not a proper hotel, but a portered building containing nine flats designed for multi-millionaires.
Security for the building also seemed sparse despite it’s major celebrity clientele. A concierge was the only available security, and he was quickly overpowered by the men, who tied him up, gagged him and hid him in a stairwell cupboard.