Alleged 'wedding crashers' caught stealing from gift table, police say


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  • crunchem Cedar City, Utah
    July 29, 2013 1:42 a.m.

    "I like your idea but it is still going to accrue a large amount of cost.

    Correct me if I am wrong but I am not all that sure Arizona's Crime Rate, even with old Joe's system is all that low. I think it is working to a point but not as well as expected."

    Well, duh, if the feds would ever decide to actually clog the border crossing freeways then Sheriff Joe would have room for lots of prisoners. Can you imagine the size of his prison population if it was a cozy life? After all, isn't that what 'they' all came here for? /sarc

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    July 18, 2013 8:54 a.m.

    Yes, blame the victims in this crime. They shouldn't receive gifts or have a reception in a church without security, perhaps even an armed guard. It's like blaming sexual assault victims for being women.

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    July 17, 2013 3:53 p.m.

    Ah. Another cheeky jab at them Utah Mormons. A bit of s stretch to compare going to a fight and church breaks out and a couple of slugs raiding the "Best Wishes" basket at a reception.

    Oh, to be one of "the chosen" who live outside of Utah....

  • Fashn4LaDieS Tracy, CA
    July 17, 2013 3:49 p.m.

    RedShirtMit, JSB, MormonSean, ChrisB, & Eddie, Y'all are absolutely Right!

  • BYU Track Star Los Angeles, CA
    July 17, 2013 9:31 a.m.

    Wow !!, Life is never dull going to Church in Utah. One week its a fight breaking out over saved seats the next it it is a snatch-and-grab robbery at a Wedding reception.

  • Dleah Mesa, AZ
    July 17, 2013 9:10 a.m.

    A friend of mine had this happen at her wedding about 6 months before mine. My Dad made a 2ft X 2ft box with a slot in the top, wrapped it in wedding paper and put a sign on it that said "place cards in here". It was too big to be walked off with. I think it is sad that this is necessary. Makes you wonder how many other weddings they have done this to and gotten away with it.

  • Sophie 62 spring city, UT
    July 16, 2013 11:52 p.m.

    What may be considered rude in one place may not be rude in another.It has to do with customs as much as other factors. To send gifts ahead of time might cause inconvenience to the bride's mother, she might not have a place to store them and they could be stolen there as well as at the reception. So it just depends on the situation.
    In Utah, it is customary to bring gifts to the wedding or reception. That doesn't make it rude. In fact it's quite customary in many other places as well.

  • Carbon Mom Price, UT
    July 16, 2013 8:03 p.m.

    I was at this reception. There were not presents displayed. They were wrapped presents from people who attended the reception. So there was no display of "who got the most" prize. Reasonable Person. So when you do not know the facts, please keep your thoughts to yourself. Also the car chase was not over the speed limit. The newspaper makes it sound more than what really happened.

  • higv Dietrich, ID
    July 16, 2013 7:41 p.m.

    People do that at funerals read obituaries check yellow pages and go to houses when they know who will be at funeral. Why do people do that kind of stuff?

  • cindyacre Shelley, ID
    July 16, 2013 7:24 p.m.

    Janet, I think that it is perfectly acceptable to stand for what is right, and stand up to criminals. The wedding party were not extremists. Why let people get away with this? What if it had been your wedding reception? I am sure you would feel the same way.

  • GACougar Atlanta, GA
    July 16, 2013 7:13 p.m.

    "Ryan and Keosha Rasmussen are on a honeymoon cruise, making new memories." :-)

    I bet they are!

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    July 16, 2013 6:50 p.m.

    How low can you get?

  • MormonSean Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2013 6:40 p.m.

    I'd fine them $1000 each and give it to the Bride and the Bridegroom each.

    Let one failed marriage boost the financial future of a new one.

  • moniker lewinsky Taylorsville, UT
    July 16, 2013 5:32 p.m.

    Thank you, Reasonable Person, for making my comment before I had a chance. It's not nice to place the burden of carrying all those gifts home on the bride and groom. Gifts should be delivered ahead of time. And Eddie, unless you want to be like communist china, death sentences should not be used for every day cases. In fact, having capital punishment on the table costs more money. And you don't need to pluralize it either. Please stop. Seriously.

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    July 16, 2013 5:32 p.m.

    As demonstrated here so clearly --- there are no easy answers. The national welfare systems encourages abuse and long term need. Prisons are over populated; often with teenagers who were sentenced as adults even though evidence tells us that they are incapable of reasoning or understanding consequences like adults. Furthermore, the bride and groom are partially to blame for not following Miss Manners.

  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    July 16, 2013 4:27 p.m.

    Keep these two cruds in Jail -- please!

    ....and UTAHNS: it's really bad manners to take gifts and display them on wedding reception tables like some kind of "who got the most" prize.
    Wedding and engagement gifts are supposed to be sent to the bride's address.

    See: Miss Manners and any decent (non-Utah published) etiquette book.

  • Eddie Syracuse, UT
    July 16, 2013 3:34 p.m.

    One other ways of saving money and making more room in our prisons is to carry out the death sentence's. Why not, that is the law! Can you imagine what would happen if we were to carry out these sentence's ? And then carry them out quickly in the future. I believe the crime rate would go down...knowing that the law was going to be carried out. Let's make room by treating these people like the criminals that they are!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2013 3:28 p.m.


    There is a strong correlation/causation between people having spent time in jail and being on welfare before/after.

    So whether we're paying for these people to live in jail, or outside, we're likely paying for it.

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    July 16, 2013 2:53 p.m.

    If a criminal is not a threat to the safety of society, sentence him wear an electronic device that keeps track of them. Then restrict their travel (such as he cannot leave the county for any reason) or they will then go to prison for the duration of their sentence. A lot of people could then be released prison thus reducing the costs of keeping them in prison. The Arizona example is a good one to follow for those who are guilty of violent crimes or who tamper with the electronic device or leave their restricted area.

  • Janet Ontario, OR
    July 16, 2013 1:28 p.m.

    Wow! What if one of the thieves had been armed? What if the people chasing the thieves' car had crashed and serious or fatal injury had resulted? Not all of the stupidity came from the criminals. Also, you think prison is easy? Try it. And when you start touting Joe Arpaio and Arizona's extremism, I'm outta here.

  • sid 6.7 Holladay, UT
    July 16, 2013 1:14 p.m.

    @ RedshirtMIT:

    I like your idea but it is still going to accrue a large amount of cost.

    Correct me if I am wrong but I am not all that sure Arizona's Crime Rate, even with old Joe's system is all that low. I think it is working to a point but not as well as expected.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    July 16, 2013 12:36 p.m.

    @RedShirtMIT - I'm with you. Prisons life is too posh. Bring back the chain gangs and make criminals work to earn their keep.

  • Sasha Pachev Provo, UT
    July 16, 2013 12:21 p.m.

    I have a proposal. We need to clarify the meaning of "cruel and unusual punishment". Requiring an able-bodied prisoner to be self-sufficient should never fit into that category. It should not cost money to punish someone for the crime. Otherwise we run the risk of a violent 10-20% minority completely defying our laws and we will just not have the money to deal with it.

  • RedShirtMIT Cambridge, MA
    July 16, 2013 12:06 p.m.

    To "sid 6.7" just look to Arizona for an example. Put them in old surplus army tents. Take away the cable TV, workout rooms, and all forms of entertainment except a few books. Next, feed them just enough to live on and have them wear prison uniforms that are embarrasing.

    That would cut costs down significantly, and be hard enough that the criminals would do what they could to stay out.

  • sid 6.7 Holladay, UT
    July 16, 2013 11:30 a.m.

    Chris B and the rest of the Conservatives:

    You guys are right. You put all of these "low Life's" away with "harsh" sentences and the Crime Rate will go down. Now that we are in agreement, how do you propose we get the billions of dollars it would take to build the Prisons to house these "low Life's"? If you haven't noticed we have a bit of an overcrowding problem with our existing Prison System. We know you Republicans would not want to take Federal money and add to the National Debt and you certainly don't want to raise taxes.

    So now what?

    Maybe a nation wide Bake Sale might do the trick!

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    July 16, 2013 11:26 a.m.

    I'm glad they didn't get away with anything, this couple will have priceless memories!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2013 10:42 a.m.

    @ E. Hindman,

    Of course there are political aspects of this.

    Most conservatives would favor these people getting 10 years in prison for being such low lifes.

    Liberals think that "society failed them" in their youth, that they weren't given enough opportunities in life, and that a simple slap on the wrist will suffice.

    If our sentences were much more severe, there would be less crime. Both because people would be more afraid to commit crimes but also because repeat offenders wouldn't be as possible - as they'd still be in Jail.

    To liberals, it is probably Mitt Romney and Bush's fault for not giving all their money to these people in the first place, thus requiring them to go find money another way(by robbing a newlywed couple)

  • E. Hindman Ogden, UT
    July 16, 2013 10:27 a.m.

    Wayne Rout - so now this is a political issue? You are indicating it is a liberal issue in this ultra-red state?

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2013 8:46 a.m.

    "Muir did talk with officers, telling them at first that she was a friend of the bride.

    'She unfortunately could not remember the name of the bride, so that alerted our officers to her untruthfulness,' Barnes said."


    Can't remember the name of her "friend". Yup! That's a good clue she's lying.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    July 16, 2013 8:15 a.m.

    Multiple offenders should be in jail, not on the street. Liberals worry about the criminals instead of the tax payers. Three strikes and you are in for life is a great rule. There is little doubt that this pair will be stealing for the rest of their life until someone puts them in jail for along time.

  • IMAN Marlborough, MA
    July 16, 2013 7:42 a.m.

    What a couple of low-lifes. I hope they receive the maximum penalty allowed for this crime.

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    July 15, 2013 8:37 p.m.

    The names of sex offenders are posted and the public can find out who these people are. What's the matter with posting the names and other information about other offenders. Maybe people would be less likely to commit crimes if they knew that their record would be open to the public for the next few decades.