Wedding crashers accused of stealing gifts

5:09 PM, Jul 22, 2013   |    comments
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MAPLE GROVE, Minn. - A Maple Grove couple says their recent wedding was picture perfect except for two wedding crashers accused of leaving with as much as $1,500 worth of gift cards and checks.

"We got beautiful weather that day," said Jesse Goembel.

The Maple Grove couple, married July 6, held their reception at Edinburgh Golf Course in Brooklyn Park.

"The afternoon was perfect," Jesse Goembel said.

But shortly after the wedding, a security camera captured a couple entering the reception; the woman was even carrying a card.

Guests told the Goembels that they remembered the couple and the fact that they didn't stay very long. The two were caught in surveillance video. It showed the man walking off with a box full of wedding cards, containing $1,200 to $1,500 worth of gifts.

"We had it inside the reception room, but it was still too close to the door," Jill Goembel said.

When the newlyweds realized the box was missing, they started asking family and friends if they had seen it.

"Cousins of mine said, 'Well, I saw someone walk out with it and I almost stopped them, but I thought maybe it was one of your friends or coworkers you asked to help,'" Jill Goembel said.

The couple still wonders how something like this could happen, how somebody could be so brazen to crash a wedding only to steal from the bride and groom.

"Just to show up uninvited, you don't even know us, is really just disheartening to know people do that," Jill Goembel said.

The Goembels hope the pictures identify the couple, but they said they are telling their story as way to warn others to beware.

"There are people that do these things," said Jesse Goembel. "It can happen to you and to take precautionary measures because it wasn't just the cash that was lost, but also the kind words meant for a new couple."

"They probably just threw the words away and it would've meant something to Jesse and I," Jill Goembel added.

The Goembels said some of their guests have sent new cards in response to the news.

The newlyweds filed a report with Brooklyn Park Police. Investigators said anyone with any information should contact police at 763-493-8222.

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