Cops are looking for a woman who they say stole two watches worth more than $100,000 total from unsuspecting men in separate incidents. The NYPD says the swindler met her first victim, a 35-year-old, at 4 a.m. on August 21st, 2015 in the Meatpacking District, and accompanied him back to the Ace Hotel on West 29th Street in Midtown. When he dozed off, she slipped an Audemars Piguet watch worth $55,000 off his wrist and scrammed.
Four days later, cops say the grifter glommed onto a 28-year-old in front of Catch Roof, a restaurant on Ninth Avenue in the Meatpacking District, and he took her to the Z NYC Hotel in Long Island City. When he fell asleep, police say she slipped off his timepiece, also an Audemars Piguet (Royal Oak Offshore collection), and skedaddled.
Police describe the woman as standing 5-foot-8, with long black hair, and a hand tattoo.
Other instances of women seducing men seen flashing bling, then taking off with the jewels, have made headlines recently. Two women who met Knicks forward Derrick Williams at a Meatpacking District club in December grabbed $750,000 worth of jewelry from his apartment, including four Rolexes, an Audemars, and a gold Versace Jesus medallion. A watch dealer relieved of his $600,000 timepiece by sex workers he met at a Midtown strip club was another of the 31 men the New York Post reported were robbed in this way in 2015.
Police ask people with information about the watch thefts to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-8477, visit the Crime Stoppers website, or text tips to 274637, then enter "TIP577".