Rhoad to the Altar: Wedding thief
makes off with thousands

Courtesy of Flickr user thenestor Most couples use a birdcage to house their wedding cards during their reception. Recently, a thief made of with thousands by stealing the entire thing.

Courtesy of Flickr user thenestor
Most couples use a birdcage to house their wedding cards during their reception. Recently, a thief made of with thousands by stealing the entire thing.

Do you worry about someone making off with all your wedding gifts? Should you have to?

Apparently, you do if this guy’s around.

According to a story by The Associated Press, a man walked into the Leola Inn on June 29  and stole the couple’s entire birdcage filled with cards, checks and cash worth between $3,000 and $5,000.

Another wedding at the William Penn Inn in Gwynedd had its birdcage nabbed, as well, on July 7.

The groom’s sister said that after the wedding at the William Penn Inn, the family was moving the gifts to an unlocked car.

She said she put the birdcage in the back seat, walked into get more gifts, and within a minute it was stolen. The gifts were estimated at a value between $3,000 and $5,000.

According to multiple stories, a man was shown on a surveillance video lingering around the reception area and parking lot, which eventually led police to Joseph Franzone Jr., 35, of Montgomery County. Police said Franzone turned himself in on July 12 for allegedly stealing the gifts.

You hate to think you have to worry about guests taking your gifts, but I never would have thought about a complete stranger wandering into my wedding and making off with them.

DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS -- ABBY RHOAD We bought this cute faux suitcase and made a banner to display where our cards will go. We've been considering a different option, however, after several people warned us of guests with sticky hands. I would hope that's not something I would have to worry about, but what happens if a stranger wanders in?

DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS — ABBY RHOAD
We bought this cute faux suitcase and made a banner to display where our cards will go. We’ve been considering a different option, however, after several people warned us of guests with sticky hands. I would hope that’s not something I would have to worry about, but what happens if a stranger wanders in?

Christian and I have been going back and forth on what we wanted to use for our card depository, if you will. I really wanted to used a cute suitcase for our cards versus the traditional birdcage or fancy box with a slit in the top. One problem with having something so open is the fact that someone can walk by and swipe anything they want.

With a birdcage, you have to at least work at getting the cards out. That is, unless you just run off with the whole thing.

And brides beware when handling your gifts. You never know who might be watching, and I probably wouldn’t have locked the car, either. Thousands of dollars can disappear in a matter of minutes.

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