'Don Juan' thief targeting women, some on first dates

Posted at 9:26 PM, Nov 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-04 00:29:00-04

IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. (KGTV) -- A local woman has a warning about a man she says is a real charmer with a hidden agenda.

Elizabeth, 23, says the man is a good-looking guy in his late 20s who was a Facebook friend for two years.  They had mutual friends in common but had never met.

He messaged her recently, asking her out to a sushi lunch. She agreed, but during the drive, she says he fidgeted with his blinkers and asked her to exit the SUV to make sure they were working. She agreed, and that's when he took off, with her purse, wallet, and sunglasses.

When she posted his photo on Facebook, she says she got a flood of responses: dozens of other women with similar stories of theft.

"One woman said, 'He told me he had a gift for me in the trunk, and as soon as I got out, he drove off with my purse and several hundred dollars,'" Elizabeth recalls. 

She says none of the women called police because the man told them he had friends in a cartel. She's hoping some of them will now come forward to stop the thief.    

"He's not going to stop," Elizabeth said. "He's going to keep doing this and preying on innocent women."

If you have any information, please call San Diego Police at (619) 531-2000.