Friday, February 5, 2021

I had no idea who Kim Kardashian was, says 'Grandpa robber' in book on Paris heist of reality TV star

 An accident-prone, self-confessed “Grandpa robber” facing trial for kidnapping Kim Kardashian in Paris four years ago has come clean in a new book in which he claims to have had no idea the job entailed robbing a reality star of planetary fame.

The Telegraph

As the title of his book suggests - I Kidnapped Kim Kardashian - Yunice Abbas, 67, has no plans to contest the charges at a trial prosecutors are hoping will begin this year. Instead, he outlines his role in the heist and apologises for the trauma he caused his alleged victim.

Calling himself a "part-time crook," the veteran gangster was among 12 people arrested for involvement in breaking into the luxury residence she rented to attend Fashion Week.

He was one of five men aged 60 to 72 - dubbed the "Grandpa robbers" in the press - who allegedly entered the building masquerading as policemen at 2.30am on the night of October 3, 2016, tied up the star made up with jewels and other valuables worth 7.9 million Pounds Sterling.

It was the biggest robbery of an individual in France in two decades.

Most of the pieces were never found: police have recovered only a diamond-encrusted cross that Abbas dropped while leaving the scene by bike.

Mr Abbas says he wasn’t aware of the identity of the target, who the robbers tied up with plastic cables and adhesive tape and placed in her bathtub during the theft.

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