Young newlyweds from Brookings had their special day ruined after a wedding crasher stole money, cell phones and car keys from the wedding party. Now Brookings police are looking for the suspect and want you to take a good look at surveillance video taken from inside the church.
What was supposed to be one of the happiest days their lives was spoiled by a wedding-crasher thief.
"The day was actually perfect besides that," bride Jamie Foerster said.
Jamie Foerster and her husband are hoping to catch the man responsible using this video released by the St. Thomas More Catholic Church.
It shows the man walking through the halls about the same time the wedding couple were saying their vows.
In one of the clips, they say it appears the man is carrying one of the bridesmaid's purses wrapped in a coat.
"My husband, his keys were in her purse. She had the biggest purse; that's probably why he took it. He lost his keys and cell phone and we are up to $600 for replacing those," Foerster said.
The purse belonged to Kristi Kruse, who lost a lot more.
"It turned out to be a lot bigger than any of us anticipated. Replacing credit cards and getting a new driver's license. Smart phones; they're not cheap by any means and that was my favorite purse, so that really stinks," Kruse said.
Both women say the theft is a reminder for everyone getting married to make sure their valuables are secured.
"Make sure your cards and guest book are locked up. That someone is with them at all times because he could have gotten away with a lot more," Foerster said.
"I hope it raises awareness, as sad as it is. You can't even trust your stuff inside a church these days and you know they're just really lucky he didn't get to the card box or any of the gifts they had that were feet from where he took our stuff," Kruse said.
Brookings police are calling the man a person of interest at this time and would like to talk to him. If you recognize the man, you're asked to contact authorities.