Masseuse caught hiding client’s $35,000 Rolex watch in her privatesBy Mason White 12:11 PM April 1, 2014
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By: Sam David
(Scroll down for video) A Nevada woman swiped a massage client’s $35,000 Rolex watch and hid it in her private parts, police said.
Christina Lafave, a 25-year-old of Las Vegas, has been accused of taking the watch, owned by Kenneth Herold, while giving him a massage in his hotel room in the Wynn Las Vegas Hotel.
Herold, 66, told police that Lafave offered him a $300 “private massage” when they met at the hotel bar. Lafave insisted that he remove the watch so that she would have easier access to his arm. Herold told police that the watch had disappeared five to seven minutes later.
When Lafave denied stealing the watch, Herold called hotel security. When questioned, Lafave became hostile and tried to exit the room. She was then placed in handcuffs and taken to the Wynn security office.
When police arrived, Lafave was informed of her rights and she waived her right to speak to an attorney before questioning. Lafave told detectives that Herold became upset when she refused to perform oral sex without a condom.
Herold’s room was thoroughly searched. However, the watch was not located. Lafave eventually admitted to hiding it. Officials received a search warrant and Lafave was taken to a hospital where an x-ray proved that the Rolex was inside her privates.
Medical professionals removed the watch and Lafave was charged with grand larceny and possession of stolen property. She was released on $40,000 bail. She faces up to 20 years in jail, if convicted.
Chris Rasmussen, Lafave’s defense lawyer, claimed that the lengths police went to in order to retrieve the watch were illegal. Rasmussen stated that all acts between Lafave and Herold were consensual and that the Rolex was a gift that Herold tried to later take back.