A sketch of the woman wanted for drugging and robbing men throughout South Florida.
A North Miami Beach man who police believe may have been a victim of the drug ’em and rob ’em female thieves doesn’t want what happened to him to happen to anyone else.
“No matter how wide open your eyes are, open them wider,” said the unidentified 45 year old man Thursday. “[I felt] definitely violated and vulnerable.”
The man, who wants his identity hidden, said he was the victim of a couple of smooth female crooks who lure men in with a drink, drug them and rob them blind.
It was November 2009 when the victim met the woman and a friend at Set Night Club in South Beach. They danced, they dined and they drank.
“Next thing I knew it was two o’clock in the afternoon on Friday and I woke up in my bed with all my clothes on and my Cartier Roadster watch missing off my wrist,” the victim recalled.
In all, six designer watches were missing, along with about $26,000 in cash.
The victim thought it might be an isolated incident until reports surfaced this week of a string of similar robberies happening throughout South Florida.
Police in Palm Beach County said the main female scammer, who may have the help of at least three accomplices, targets rich older men in bars and restaurants. When she gets them alone for a drink, she slips them a “Mickey” and cleans them out of cash and pricey jewelry.
One incident happened on March 22, when two men having a drink at the Oceans 234 bar in Deerfield Beach were followed back to their condo in Boca Raton by the main female suspect. She made her way into the condo and made the men one of her knockout cocktails, and when they woke up, their Rolex watches were gone.
Four days later, a man met a woman at Duffy’s Sports Grill in West Palm Beach and left with her to a nearby park where they had a drink. The man blacked out and woke up to find his wallet missing.
In a third incident, on April 3, a man on a boat in Palm Beach Shores invited the woman on board for a drink. He woke up five hours later with his Rolex, his gold ring and the woman gone.
“She was very smooth, very comfortable, she made small talk very easy, which indicates that she’s committed this kind of crime before,” said Detective Paul Liccardo, with the Palm Beach Shores Police.
The main suspect is described as 30 to 35 years old, 5 foot 7 to 5 foot 8 with a ponytail. Palm Beach Shores police released a sketch of her Wednesday.