A woman behind bars for allegedly stealing luxury watches in Hollywood has also been linked to cases in Hallandale Beach and Miami.
Kelsey Hough, 23, faces multiple grand theft charges and is being held on $106,000 bond. She surrendered to authorities Thursday at the Hollywood Police Department.
According to Hallandale Beach Police Maj. Pedro Abut, Hough met a man at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Dec. 13 and returned to his home in the 2000 block of Atlantic Shores Boulevard.
While at the man’s residence at about 5 a.m., Hough asked for a glass of vodka and persuaded the man to drink from the glass. The man told police he felt drugged and did not remember anything after drinking the vodka.
When he awoke hours later, he saw that his $47,000 gold Rolex was no longer on his wrist, investigators said. A stainless steel Breitling watch valued at $8,700 was also gone.
Surveillance video captured the man, in his 50s, and the young woman in his building’s elevator. She walked in wearing a tight long-sleeved shirt with a low-cut back, slim black pants, hoop earrings and a long ponytail.
Exactly a month later in Miami, police say Hough again spotted a Rolex-wearing man who she targeted. After stops at a club and a hotel, she went home with him. She stayed long enough to swipe his watch, police said.
City of Miami Police Officer Rene Pimentel said Friday that Hough will face a grand theft charge in connection with the Jan. 13 incident.
In Hollywood, where Hough turned herself in, investigators say she and alleged accomplice Alexandria Nicholas met two Rolex-wearing men at a Sunny Isles Beach bar.
They went back to the Hollywood home of one of the men. There, both men drank from shot glasses, according to an arrest report. At one point, one of the men turned away from the drinks while looking for a bottle of champagne in the garage.
Police said both men fell asleep and had their Rolexes slipped off their wrists. The women are accused of stealing five other watches and two passports, all valued at about $60,000, the report said.
Hollywood police learned the identities of the women through tipsters. One tipster said both women had worked at a Miami strip club.
Nicholas, 22, is also charged with multiple counts of grand theft and has bonded out of jail. Hough is scheduled for her first-appearance court hearing Saturday.
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