Gambling tourist drugged, robbed by 2 women

$15,000 Rolex, $1,000 cash turn up missing from drugged man's hotel room

By John Hett - Digital Editor, Hatzel Vela - Reporter

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - According to Broward Sheriff's Office detectives, two women drugged a man and later stole his Rolex and $1,000 in cash after a night of gambling at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in September.

The two women, believed to be between the ages of 35 to 45 years old, approached the victim while playing three card poker around 2 a.m., the video shows.

Additional footage from the casino floor shows the three sitting at a group of slot machines, where one woman wearing a leopard-print jumpsuit is talking to the victim, obstructing his view while the second woman in black appears to shake a bag with a white substance and pour it into a drink before handing to the man.

The victim, a 69-year-old tourist from the Cayman Islands, told authorities he immediately felt drugged and had difficulty moving after consuming the drink.

"The victim may or may not have seen what was going on, but he ends up taking the drink," said Miranda Grossman with the Broward Sheriff's Office. 

Sometime later, the three are seen exiting the casino.

The victim had with one woman under each of his arms, appearing to need help to walk.

Detectives initially thought a third suspect may have been outside in a black Honda Fit, posing as a ride-share driver.

After investigating, BSO has said they no longer consider the driver a suspect. 

"Immediately I could see that something was off because the guy was extremely weak, and that’s not indicative of someone that’s drunk," said the driver who did not want to be identified. 

The final piece of footage shows the vehicle driving off, presumably to the Sleeping Inn & Suites in Dania Beach where the crime took place.

The estimated value of the Rolex is $15,000.

"Don't leave your drinks on the bar, don't take drinks from anyone," Grossman said. "You just never know what people are up to."

Detectives are asking for help in identifying the burglars. Anyone with information should contact Dania Beach Detective Taylor Powell at 954-518-0153, or leave an anonymous tip through Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

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