Kim Kardashian's Stolen Jewelry Was Melted Down

But her $4 million engagement ring could still be out there.

By Eric Shorey

One of the men who may have been behind the Kim Kardashian robbery has come forward with the shocking detail that the millions of dollars of jewelry stolen from the pop-culture icon will never be recovered. That's because most of it has been melted down: the criminals thought this would be the safest way to avoid being caught.

The news comes by way of French newspaper, Le Monde, which reports that suspect Aomar Ait KIhedachehas told authorities that the destroyed accessories were sold in Antwerp, Belgium. The only exception is Kim's $4 million 20-carat emerald cut diamond engagement ring, the fate of which is less clear: "There is a person who has it. Everyone was afraid to sell, because it’s a stone that’s very easily spotted," said KIhedache.

"For the jewelry never to be recognized, we made the decision to melt them,” KIhedache added. “One of the people took care of it. He came back with bars … in all, there had to be 800 and a few grams, which gave an amount of … 25,000 or 28,000 [euros], something like that.”

Another interesting bit of news from the confession: the crew behind the heist had planned to rob the star before. "She specified that she didn’t wear fakes, the schedules when she came to France,” he reportedly said. “It was enough to look on the internet to know everything, absolutely everything.”

According to Entertainment Tonight, KIhedache was one of 17 people arrested following the high-profile crime, although he never expected to the situation to blow up as big as it did. He reportedly referred to the caper as a "very simple affair."

KIhedache is one of ten people being charged for the crime and is currently being held without bail.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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