Cops: Serial Wedding Crasher Ripping Off Bridal Suites

Arrest warrant out for 50-year-old woman accused of stealing from bridal parties
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 25, 2015 8:20 AM CST
Cops: Serial Wedding Crasher Ripping Off Bridal Suites
You may now steal from the bride.   (Shutterstock)

Southern California authorities have issued a $100,000 arrest warrant for a 50-year-old wedding "guest" who has slipped into bridal suites at about a half-dozen ceremonies and lifted cash, credit cards, and checks while the real guests were celebrating with the bride and groom, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Cops say after she does her dirty work at the wedding venue, suspect Denise Louise Burns, aka Denise Gunderson, then heads out immediately to do some shopping with the bridal party's stolen currency, the AP notes.

The San Diego County arrest warrant for Burns—said by the Union-Tribune to be a "career criminal" with a long rap sheet of convictions for drug possession, burglary, and false impersonation, among others—charges her with grand theft, identity theft, and burglary. "What's unique about this is it's taking place at weddings, in which the last thing on [a bride's] mind is someone coming in and victimizing them on one of their most important days," a Riverside County Sheriff's detective tells the Union-Tribune. "It's very brazen." (A Missouri groom went after a guy suspected of stealing cards from his wedding.)

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