Serial wedding crasher caught on tape allegedly raiding unsuspecting couples’ wishing wells as they celebrated what was supposed to be the happiest day of their life
- A 24-year-old man allegedly swindled $16,000 from Melbourne wedded couples
- The uninvited guest is accused of taking from wishing wells at receptions
- Footage of him roaming about wedding venues came to light on Wednesday
- Police arrested and charged the man on Tuesday and he faces court in October
A man has been arrested and charged after being allegedly caught infiltrating wedding receptions and taking off with about $16,000 from wishing wells.
Footage came to light on Wednesday showing the accused emerging from a back door at one of the eight Melbourne venues he allegedly targeted.
Three of the reception events were stolen from, police allege.
The 24-year-old Carlton man can be seen walking and running around where a wedding reception was taking place that day.
The Carlton man (pictured) was spotted on camera entering a Melbourne wedding reception
The man allegedly pretended to be a wedding guest while entering eight venues hosting wedding receptions (pictured is one venue he allegedly went to) in Melbourne
Wedding planner Jasmine Arapovic (pictured centre with her partner Nicholas, left and father Tony at the wedding) said her dad had the man in a headlock before police arrived at their family wedding on Sunday.
Wedding planner Jasmine Arapovic told Daily Mail Australia she spotted the uninvited guest at a family wedding on Sunday, where her father ended up restraining him in a headlock.
‘[My partner] took him out into the ballroom area and my father is big in stature, so he made sure he didn’t leave the venue,’ Ms Arapovic said.
They kept the man at the wedding until police arrived.
She said she was struck by the audacity of the situation and said the newlyweds felt shocked and violated after hearing about what had happened.
Their wishing well had been protected as it was in plain sight at the bridal table, before being locked away later in the night.
It was a different story for other couples.
Bride Kellee Pace told 9News the man seen at her nuptials had even stopped to write in the wedding guest book.
‘It was the best wedding that he apparently had ever attended, and he was feeling awesome and lucky on the night – three-quarters of our wishing well was missing,’ Ms Pace said.
Police said the accused stole gift cards, jewellery and the cash from eight venues throughout Brunswick, Hawthorn, Fitzroy and Ripponlea between April 2 and May 22 this year.
The law caught up with a man on Tuesday where jewelry and gift cards were located at a Carlton property.
The accused faces 27 charges, including aggravated burglary, burglary, theft and going equipped to steal.
He has been bailed to appear before Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 18 October.
The wedding crasher (pictured at a venue) allegedly stole from venues hosting wedding receptions