Surveillance video shows the moment when a wedding crasher stole a money box loaded with thousands of dollars in cash and gift cards. “It was right during the ceremony when everyone was sitting and no one would be around,” the bride said.
While the Arizona couple was enjoying their dream wedding, a thief walked away with expensive gifts and a priceless card from the bride’s late grandmother.
Ryan and Katherine McWilliams were exchanging vows at a beautiful outdoor venue near Phoenix and while the couple and their guest were distracted the thief made his move.
“He’s the perfect random guest who shows up late to a wedding,” Ryan said.
“He knew exactly when to come. It was right during the ceremony when everyone was sitting and no one would be around,” Katherine said.
The bride’s parents are also outraged and heartbroken because one of the gifts taken was a card from Katherine’s grandmother who died of COVID-19 in January.
“There was a special card from her and a note from her, and there’s no way to get that back,” the bride’s father said.
The suspect who was identified as former sheriff’s deputy Landon Rankin has been arrested and charged with two counts of burglary. Rankin also once appeared on a TV crime show.
The bride says that their friends and family waited to tell them about the theft until the next day so the couple could enjoy their special day.
“We had no idea that it had happened. It was the most wonderful and perfect day of our entire lives,” Katherine said.
The couple has set up a GoFundMe to try to recoup the $2,000 in gifts they lost.