A thief steals wedding gifts as police ask the public for help in finding the person caught on camera as he walked away with an expensive box.
Surveillance video captured the man entering the Tustin Ranch Golf Club about 4:45 p.m. Saturday and casing the area near a wedding, Tustin police Lt. Robert Wright said.
“A suspect approached a table, which had a number of gifts on it. One of those gifts was a box that contained gift cards, cash, and checks,” Wright told KCAL9.
As the wedding reception was underway, the lieutenant says the suspect removed his jacket and concealed the box in question. He then walked out of the facility, hiding the box, Wright said.
As the thief steals wedding gifts during the reception, police said the couple was unaware the box had been taken until later.
They suspect the thief stole $1,000 in cash and gift cards. He was described by police as a Middle Eastern man 25 to 35 years old. He was seen wearing a black suit with a gray shirt.
“We have confirmed that the suspect was not a member of the wedding party or guest at the wedding, and the golf course has been cooperating with us and he is not an employee of the golf course either,” Wright said.
There was another incident in Connecticut.
Police are looking for a man they say posed as a guest at a Connecticut wedding reception and stole gifts from the bride and groom.
They say the man fled the Longshore Inn in Westport on Saturday night with a birdcage filled with wedding cards, many apparently containing cash for the couple.
Police used dogs to try to track the man. They recovered the empty birdcage.
The wedding crasher was seen on video surveillance cameras. Police have released screen grabs in the hope somebody might recognize him.