Weddings are events that no couple ever forgets, but a pair of newlyweds from Plymouth are wishing their memories were a little different after thieves swiped some of their gifts.
While Lisa and Brian Finnvik say they're trying not to let the theft spoil their first days as husband and wife, they hope their story will prompt others to be extra careful.
"People are still saying it was the best wedding they've ever been to," Lisa Finnvik told FOX 9 News. "We had a ton of fun."
The next morning wasn't so fun. The couple woke up this past weekend and found their cards and gifts had been ransacked, and they estimate they lost about $3,000.
"I'm trying really hard to not have a sour taste in my mouth," Lisa Finnvik admitted.
The two were married on Saturday before 300 friends and loved ones, and they held their reception at the Profile Event Center in the heart of the University of Minnesota campus. After the festivities, the family loaded all the gifts and cards into the bride's mother's trunk and the family headed over to the Holiday Inn on the other side of the river.
The next morning, all four car doors were open and the gifts and cards were strewn about the second floor of the parking ramp.
"Definitely, the violated feeling is there," Lisa Finnvik said. "They obviously knew what they wanted because they left everything else."
The Finnviks say their gut feeling tells them the culprit was somewhat sophisticated, and the crook probably marked or targeted them at their wedding venue before following them the two miles to the ramp.
"The car was loaded at the Event Center, and when they arrived at the hotel, they never opened the trunk. They opened the back seat to get their suitcase," Finnvik said.
Afterward, guests mentioned there was some suspicious activity outside the reception, but no one thought much of it at the time.
No other cars in the parking ramp were hit during those overnight hours, but the thieves made off with cash, checks and gift cards, leaving the boxed household stuff behind.
At this point, the Finnviks aren't sure whether the parking ramp surveillance cameras can help them catch the thieves, but they say they just want their loss to serve as a lesson for others.
"The biggest thing we want is to put the word out, tell people getting married, 'Don't leave stuff in the trunk.' There are people who will prey on that," Brian Finnvik said.
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