Piecing together the "Don Juan" thief's criminal past

Posted at 10:25 PM, Nov 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-07 01:25:47-05

IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. (KGTV) -- It appears the “Don Juan” thief one woman says loves stealing from women on first dates is a wanted man.

Last Friday, 10news recounted Elizabeth’s so-called “date from hell.”  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. 

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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.  But apparently at least one woman did. 

Sources tell 10news an arrest warrant has recently been issued for him after a different local woman accused him of stealing money and other property valued at more than $950.

10news has also learned the man pleaded guilty in 2015 to embezzling from his employer - Walmart - and received a sentence of three years probation.

10new has not identified the man in Elizabeth’s case because detectives haven’t officially confirmed he is the wanted man.

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