Two thieves who appeared to be posing as an invited couple at a Brooklyn Park wedding reception made off a gift box containing gift cards and cash worth roughly $1,500 – under the watchful gaze of a surveillance camera, local media report.
The Maple Grove couple Jesse and Jillian Goembel said the ceremony went off without a hitch July 6, but the reception at the Edinburgh Golf Course was marred by a pair of strangers captured on the security video, WCCO reports.
Jillian Goembel said she was stunned by the brazen crime, KARE 11 reported. "Just to show up uninvited, you don't even know us, is really just disheartening to know people do that," she said.
The new bride said the woman in the surveillance video had spoken with several invited guests, FOX 9 reported. The thieves promptly used a Target gift card, FOX reported.
It's not a novel crime. Plymouth newlyweds were victims of a similar caper last fall on the University of Minnesota campus.
Some of the wedding gifts stolen from a parked vehicle at a Blaine hotel last year were later found at a St. Paul motel.
KSTP offers tips on how to avoid being a victim of wedding-crashing thieves.