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Paris officials charge first suspect in Kardashian heist

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/12/2017
FILE - In this June 24, 2015 file photo, American TV personality Kim Kardashian attends the Cannes Lions 2015, International Advertising Festival in Cannes, southern France. Paris police Monday Jan.9, 2017 say 16 people have been arrested over Kim Kardashian jewelry heist. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this June 24, 2015 file photo, American TV personality Kim Kardashian attends the Cannes Lions 2015, International Advertising Festival in Cannes, southern France. Paris police Monday Jan.9, 2017 say 16 people have been arrested over Kim Kardashian jewelry heist. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)

PARIS (AP) — French authorities have filed the first charges against a suspect in the armed jewelry heist of Kim Kardashian West, the Paris prosecutors' office said Thursday.

Preliminary charges of armed robbery in an organized gang, kidnapping and criminal association were filed against a 63-year-old suspect, which the prosecutors' office named only as Yunice A.

Prosecutors also requested the suspect's continued detention.

Robbers are believed to have forced their way into the private apartment where Kardashian West was staying during Paris Fashion Week in October, tied up the reality TV star and stolen more than $10 million worth of jewelry.

Earlier, French authorities released three men and a woman who were among 17 suspects detained Monday. Ten suspects — nine men and one woman — remained in custody Thursday.

They included Gary Madar, 27, the brother of Kardashian West's Paris chauffeur.

Madar worked for the same car service company as his chauffeur brother Michael Madar, 40.

Authorities are focusing on the possibility that the robbery was an inside job.

Meanwhile, Kardashian West used Instagram to reveal that she's jetting to Dubai for her first major public appearance since the Paris ordeal — headlining a Friday masterclass by her makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic.

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