- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 5, 2016

A former member of the Pink Panthers international jewel thief network said Kim Kardashian West “likes to expose what she has,” making her an “easy target” for criminals.

The Daily Beast caught up with former safe cracker Pavle “Punch” Stanimirovic after Mrs. Kardashian West was reportedly held at gunpoint and robbed of $9 million worth of jewelry in Paris.

“Kim Kardashian is very active on social media,” Punch said. “She likes to expose what she has. She had a diamond ring that’s worth $4-5 million. She puts it on social media and therefore everybody else knows about it.

“She helped the bandits, the ones that pulled the caper off, because she advertises what she has. Everybody knows that Kanye gave her that ring. She wears it with pride,” he continued. “If you’re a burglar or a robber or someone that was involved with the Pink Panthers, you’d want to get something like that.”

Punch used to plan robberies for the YACS, the Pink Panther’s predecessors, which stood for Yugoslavians, Albanians, Croations and Serbians. Media speculated that the robbery of Mrs. Kardashian West could be linked to the Pink Panthers group, named after the 1963 Blake Edwards movie, who have netted about $372 million worth of stolen gems since 1999, according to Interpol.

The thieves who robbed the reality TV star were reportedly dressed as police officers and forced a concierge to take them to the private residence where she was staying.

The thieves then reportedly broke into the residence and bound and gagged Mrs. Kardashian West in the bathroom before making off with the jewelry on bicycles. Police are still looking for the five men involved.

Punch said that if the robbery of Mrs. Kardashian West was the work of the Pink Panthers, “they carried out and executed a perfect crime.”

“If I was an active member of the Pink Panthers today, I’d be in Monte Carlo,” he told The Daily Beast. “I’d be in Paris, France. This is where I’d be. This robbery was done in the same exact way that I’d do it. They executed the heist just like I would. I would put on a cop uniform or UPS uniform. Two guys would go in. Three guys outside. You have to have lookouts and they got away on bicycles, not motorcycles, bicycles. That’s a very Parisian thing to do.”

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