A Lane County, Oregon, man is behind bars after authorities say he crashed a trio of weddings in Junction City, Ore., on the same day, swiping cards stuffed with cash and other gifts from each of the couples.
The suspect, Brian Keith Starr, 42, might have gotten away with it too, had the mother of one of the brides not snapped a photo of him at their reception Saturday.
“Do any of our friends or family know who the guy in the blue shirt is? We do not recognize him,” newlywed Janell Evenson wrote on her Facebook page this week. “We also do not have the gift bag in his hand, nor did we serve that type of drink.”
Evenson included the photo of a well-coiffed man in a button-down dress shirt and sunglasses, clutching the gift and can of Rolling Rock beer. The uninvited guest also appears to have a wedding band on his left hand.
Friends of the bride quickly chimed in.
“Wedding Crasher,” wrote one of them.
“It would have been a lot funnier if we didn’t have our s—- stolen,” Evenson replied.
The bride’s Facebook post and photo was shared hundreds of times on the social media platform. Starr soon emerged as the suspected thief not only at Evenson’s wedding but at two others in town on the same day, said Lt. Carrie Carver, a spokeswoman for the Lane County Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators believe Starr, a Eugene resident, targeted another wedding in Junction City on July 15, Carver said.
Deputies arrested the alleged wedding crasher late Thursday afternoon.
He was lodged in the Lane County jail on on suspicion of first-degree theft, second-degree theft, third-degree theft, felon in possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of methamphetamine, records show.