Grand theft wedding: 5K stolen from Stuart couple

By Juan Carlos Fanjul - bio | email
Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

STUART, FL (WFLX) - It was the worst ending to an otherwise memorable wedding night.

"I couldn't sleep during my wedding night. I was like. 'Why?,'" asked Sheila Hengstenberg.

She and newly-married husband Rick had just wrapped up their wedding reception Saturday night at the Knights Of Columbus facility in Stuart.

They parked their vehicle outside and had loaded it with all their gifts when Rick realized a bag filled with about $5,000 in checks and gift cards was gone.

"I started walking the parking lot and had a horrible feeling. I saw two cards with her name on it, and they were ripped open," he said.

After Martin County Sheriff's deputies arrived, he walked further down the parking lot to a dumpster where he found the bag that they had last seen on the front seat. It was empty.

"It's really not due to the money. I mean, it would have helped but I just feel violated. Why would someone to do that to someone else?," asked Sheila.

They think a perfect stranger walking by the building seized the perfect opportunity as the vehicle was left unattended at times.

"I don't want to remember my wedding night with something bad that I didn't deserve," she said.

"I know times are tough right now for everybody, but to do that to somebody on their wedding, it's despicable, it's heartless," added Rick.