Thieves rob the bride and groom during the wedding

JEFFERSON COUNTY (KMOV) – The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a car burglary that occurred at the Sandy Creek Covered Bridge Historic Site on May 28. As Daniel and Dianna Sikes were exchanging their wedding vows, a thief broke into his car and stole important personal documents.

“I’m trying not to get too frustrated because I don’t want them to have that power to ruin our day,” Dianna Sikes said.

The couple said they fell in love with the park for their wedding venue and the ceremony went off perfectly. That is until they pull out of the parking lot and notice two broken windows on the passenger side of the car.

“We went over there and I saw it, I was just, I was ticked off,” Daniel Sikes said.

Dianna said she wasn’t sure what documentation she would need for the marriage license, so she brought her birth certificate, Social Security card, and even her late husband’s death affidavit. The thief recovered these documents as well as her handbag which contained her checkbook, her medication and her glasses. The thief also stole the matron of honor’s purse, which contained a checkbook and a handgun.

Now the couple are scrambling to close bank accounts and replace documents before the thief can steal their identity and drain their accounts.

“The courthouse to have the marriage license certified so she can get her ID card. And once we are done, we have to go to the bank to have our bank account information completely changed. They talk about getting us all new accounts,” he said.

The couple said the car had tinted windows and the items in the car were covered. They believe the thief saw the bride and matron of honor walk out without carrying their purses and saw an opportunity. The sheriff’s department assigned a detective to the case.

The park has a surveillance camera, but the Sikes said they were told it was struck by lightning and disabled in a recent storm. Recently, Dianna changed her car insurance from full coverage to liability coverage, so the insurance won’t be able to cover the $530 cost to replace the windows.

The Sheriff’s Department recommends that you leave any valuables in the trunk of your car.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the couple recover from their car break-in losses.

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