Camera catches prostitute accused of stealing $500K worth of diamonds
Catch her if you can!
This is the savvy prostitute who allegedly swiped half a million dollars worth of uncut diamonds from a hapless gem trader — caught on surveillance video as she made her barefoot getaway from a Manhattan hotel, police say.
Erika Cooper, 34 — a k a Bianca Williams — is now the target of an NYPD manhunt for allegedly pulling off the April 17 heist at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, where she waited until her john Kurt Kaiser fell asleep before she fled with his loot.
Her big mistake was giving Kaiser her real phone number, which cops have used to identify her and dig up mug shots from an earlier prostitution bust, a police source said.
When reached yesterday, Kaiser still sounded enamored of the woman who cleaned him out. He confirmed that she’s the one in the NYPD photos and said, “She was young, hot, beautiful face, but flat-chested.”
The 5-foot-9, 120-pound Cooper, who has brown eyes, jet-black hair and pouty lips, first met Kaiser at the Whiskey Park bar on Central Park South.
Wearing a sexy short black skirt and high-heel pumps, she sidled up to Kaiser as he guzzled vodka and sodas after losing out on a deal to sell more than $500,000 worth of stones, all uninsured.
Kaiser told cops that Cooper chatted him up for 45 minutes and suggested the Cosmopolitan — after a pit stop at CVS for condoms and a $500 gift card.
He claimed yesterday there’s no record of him paying for the gift card.
Kaiser, who is unmarried and lives in Forest Hills, Queens, believes he was drugged. He passed out after sex and she was gone when he woke up.
Cooper, who previously gave cops a Manhattan address that doesn’t exist, has two prior prostitution arrests from 2007 — including one at the swanky Four Seasons, law-enforcement sources said.
Kaiser, who had two partners who were also burned by the theft, initially offered a $5,000 reward for the diamonds but yesterday said he was pulling it back.
The NYPD is asking anyone with information to call Crimestoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls are strictly confidential.
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