VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A real life wedding crasher stole gifts from a couple's wedding at an oceanfront hotel in Virginia Beach, police say.
It all happened on May 6 at the Hilton Garden Inn on Atlantic Avenue, according to police. An uninvited woman went up to the second floor, took gift envelopes off the gift table, and left, police say.
"It's pretty wild on a person-to-person level," said Rusty Waddell, the groom. "I don't understand how you could do that, especially at a wedding."
Waddell says he and his wife Auttumn were having a great time celebrating with friends and family. Towards the end of the night, the bride's mother noticed a woman she didn't recognize but thought maybe she was a guest because the wedding wasn't the most formal. She took a photo of the woman and guests told the hotel staff, who called the police. The woman got away without getting caught.
"We went from getting to go up to our hotel room as the newlywed couple to the bride in tears and us downstairs trying to figure out what happened," Waddell said.
Waddell says it's not clear exactly what she got away with and they are now in the process of asking guests if they gave them a gift. "I think embarrassing is the word I would use," he said. "It's always hard to reach out to someone and ask them what gift they brought you."
He says the woman stole more than just gifts, but memories from what is supposed to be one of the happiest days of their lives. "We'll of course have the good memories from the party and hanging out with our friends and all that, but it's all going to lead down to the end of the night having to think back to the end of the wedding and someone stealing from us."
Anyone who recognizes the woman is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.