Caught on camera: Man’s $200,000 watch collection stolen after he invites woman home from nightclub

Miami police have surveillance video of woman getting into elevator with large, orange bag

MIAMI, Fla. – A Saturday night out on the town for a man in Miami ended up to be an expensive proposition after he invited a woman back to his high-rise apartment in the Edgewater neighborhood and woke up to find his collection of pricey watches gone.

The victim told Miami Police burglary detectives that he met the woman at a nightclub and brought her to his apartment on Northeast 32nd Street, just east of Biscayne Boulevard, to “have drinks and to hang out.”

He said he eventually fell asleep and when he woke up the next morning around 10:30 a.m., his guest was gone and so was his watch collection valued at $200,000.

The incident happened on Saturday, April 23, but police are still searching for the thief.

Surveillance video shows the pair arriving at the man’s apartment around 1:30 a.m. In the video, she is only carrying a brown handbag.

At 4:55 a.m. the woman can be seen getting into an elevator on the 36th floor now carrying a large, orange-colored bag. According to Miami Police, the bag belongs to the victim.

She then leaves through the lobby and enters what police believe is a rideshare vehicle, possibly a four-door Toyota Camry.

She is described as a white female with brown eyes and long brown hair with a medium build. She was last seen wearing a brown tie-dye top with shorts, black sandals, and a brown medium-sized purse, along with the orange bag, which has a large white insignia on it.

At the bar that night she allegedly introduced herself as “Cynthia.”

According to Officer Kiara Delva of the Miami Police Department, the woman introduced herself at the bar that night as “Cynthia.”

“Once they hung out some more, they had a few more drinks at which point, (the victim) stated he fell asleep,” Delva said. “We’re thankful that we have clear footage of her face as well as still photos and we’re hoping that someone from the community recognizes her and contacts us with this information because we have no doubts that she’ll do this to the next person.”

Delva offers others advice so they don’t end up in the same or worse predicament.

“We have no doubt that she will strike again so we’re urging the community to just be very mindful with bringing strangers to your home and contact us if you believe you recognize this individual. Please be very mindful when you invite strangers back to your place of residence. Never bring them into your actual apartment building because you don’t know what this person is capable of, you don’t know their intentions.”

Anyone with information should contact the Miami Police Department’s Burglary Unit at (305) 603-6030. Anonymous tips to Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-4877.

About the Authors:

Ian Margol joined the Local 10 News team in July 2016 as a general assignment reporter. Born in Miami Beach and raised in Broward County, Ian is thrilled to be back home in South Florida.