NORFOLK, Va. (WTKR) – Court records reveal that Norfolk Police used DNA from a toothbrush to arrest a woman accused of stealing Rolex watches, a Louis Vuitton duffel bag and cash from a man she met on Tinder.
Norfolk Police arrested 23-year-old Shaunti Robinson for grand larceny after an investigation spanning more than a year.
Court documents reveal that back on September 17, 2020, a man called police saying he met a woman on Tinder named “Mya” and had her over to his apartment to drink beer and hang out. The woman also allegedly asked the victim if she could use a new toothbrush while she was there.
The victim told investigators that he went to bed and the woman slept on the couch, but when he woke up, $2,000, two Rolex watches worth $28,000 and a Louis Vuitton duffel bag were missing from his home.
Police took DNA from the toothbrush that the woman allegedly used and obtained records from Tinder about “Mya’s” identity.
They took out a warrant for Robinson’s arrest. She was taken into custody on October 4, 2021, but failed to appear for court in early December.
She was arrested again on February 2, 2022, and was booked into the Norfolk City Jail.
WTKR-TV uncovered her previous criminal history that includes shoplifting, driving without a license, possession of burglary tools and larceny of a firearm.
Defense attorney Andrew Protogyrou said at this point, they plan to plead not guilty as they are waiting to learn more about the evidence in the case from prosecutors.
Protogyrou said the items allegedly stolen could have been gifts. He said it is not smart to leave a toothbrush behind if you plan on stealing things. He said they do not know if there was anything improper done and he denied the allegations against his client.
He said right now, they are waiting for more specifics about what happened from the Commonwealth.
Robinson’s next court hearing is scheduled for May 19.
This story was originally published March 17 by WTKR in Norfolk, an E.W. Scripps Company.