Kim Kardashian Robbery: Paris Police Search for Mysterious Limo After CCTV Footage Found
Police have recovered footage of a blacked-out limo that repeatedly passed the building while the robbery was taking place.
Paris police are searching for a mysterious limo seen circling the area of the Pourtales building, where Kim Kardashian was held at gunpoint and robbed of $11 million (€10 million) in jewelry in the wee hours between Sunday night and Monday morning.
The surveillance footage was recovered from a shoe store across rue Tronchet from the private hotel building, known as the No Address Hotel, where Kardashian had been staying during Paris Fashion Week.
The mysterious black car with blacked-out windows is seen passing the building three times in the footage, first at 2:34 a.m., again at 2:45 a.m. and finally at 2:54 a.m.
Kardashian called her bodyguard at 2:56 a.m.
Up to five men involved in the theft left with her 20-carat Lorraine Schwartz diamond engagement ring, worth $4 million, and a box full of jewels worth upwards of $6 million.
The CCTV video marks the first break in the case and may be a clue as to how the thieves escaped. Initial reports had them leaving the scene by bicycle.
Obtaining surveillance footage has been a challenge. Few shops or restaurants in the area have CCTV, and most streets in Paris do not maintain public surveillance cameras, as city government has fought to balance privacy and security concerns. Paris has roughly 1,300 cameras to London's 75,000.
After Kardashian's robbery ignited a political war of words between Mayor Anne Hidalgo and her former opponent Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet over public safety, the Paris police said that they believed Kardashian was targeted because of her social media postings showing the $4 million ring, and that the robbery was not the result of a general public-safety threat.