When police searched his home, they found other women’s property too, Adcox said.
Mandujano-Quinonez actually took the women on dates and spent time with them before the thefts, police said.
Women who went on dates with a Perris man they met through a popular website banded together and turned to police after the man stole their purses and personal belongings, authorities said.“This is one of those things — women scorned,” said Riverside police Det.
Byron Adcox, crediting the victims with building the case. They did a lot of the legwork.”According to police detectives, 29-year-old Oscar Mandujano-Quinonez, who also went by Manny, would take women he met through the website Plenty of Fish on dates and then steal from them.
Mandujano-Quinonez allegedly used his real name and photograph on the website and took the women on dates in his own car, making it easy for his victims to report him to police.“He’s probably not the smartest guy,” Adcox said. He admitted some stuff but denied others.”The case against Mandujano-Quinonez began in mid-November, when one of his alleged victims said that he got her to step outside of his car to “look at something” then sped off with her purse and other belongings still inside his vehicle, a silver Saturn, Adcox said.
He then listed her items and other victims’ property online for sale, police said.
Smith and West took safeguards when they connected through a dating app, including exchanging photos, asking questions and meeting in a public place the first time they got together.
“All criminals have a niche, and online predators in this field prey on vulnerabilities — be that closeted men, married men or others seeking sex this way,” said Sgt.
“People are looking for a higher level of transparency,” said Britanny Carter, an analyst at the market research firm IBISWorld.
Still, Craigslist and similar bulletin-board sites remain a popular venue for people who seek relationships in secret and for men seeking sex with other men.
There was a girl on there, “that talked to me first,” he said intimating she had an interest in him.
The conversation on Meet Me quickly turned to drugs.
A year-and-a-half ago, several Monroe County, TN police departments set up an elaborate drug sting to take down what the police perceived to be known drug dealers in the area.