Noah Howard a Dayton, Ohio groomsman is accused of stealing gifts from his close friend and his newly wedded wife on their wedding day.
According to a police report the 29 year old man allegedly stole 55 unopened wedding cards containing a total of $6,800 in cash and gift-cards from a safe at the reception venue – before returning to the wedding reception where he celebrated with the groom and bride.
It wouldn’t be until an employee at the Webster Street Market, the reception venue, noticed the cards missing from the safe that the theft would come to be discovered.
According to ABC News, Noel Howard had asked staff if he could change clothes in the office.
After the employee discovered the empty safe, cops were called.
Before they could arrive, though, the cards were recovered in a Men’s Warehouse garment bag that Howard had stashed behind some bushes near the entrance to the venue.
Howard told cops the money must have been placed in the bag by an employee who tried to steal the cards and then became scared and dumped them in Howard’s bag.
AJC reports that surveillance footage shows Howard enter the venue’s office to change and then emerge holding the garment bag and swaying as he walked.
‘It’s just a very extreme thing to do, to take gifts at a wedding,’ Dayton police Det. Curry Mire said, adding he does not know if Howard has financial problems.
Howard was booked into the Dayton county jail on suspicion of theft.
According to the New York Daily News, Howard has known the groom for 12 years.
Police are waiting for the newlyweds to return from their honeymoon before they can complete the investigation.