Someone broke into Michelle Tietz's bridal suite and took her wallet. Now she's fighting back.
Tietz and her new husband on the happiest/poorest day of their lives.
It's every bride's worst nightmare: being robbed on your wedding day. Or is it rain? Or the guy walking out? The cake being late? I'm really not sure; brides have a lot of nightmares. But being robbed is up there.
Michelle Tietz of San Diego lived that nightmare on June 7, her wedding day. Before the ceremony, she left her purse in the bridal suite. Then, while she was busy getting married, someone broke in and stole her wallet. It was so artfully done, she didn't even realize until she and her husband stopped at a gas station the next day. "That's how we started our honeymoon," she told KNSD.
Whoever took the wallet was some sort of thieving machine – methodical and heartless. They timed the theft perfectly. "Someone knew I was a bride getting married, and went in and took my stuff, and knew they wouldn't be discovered," said Tietz. The robber didn't waste any time, either. When Tietz contacted her bank, she found out $1,400 worth of charges had been made on her card starting immediately after 6:00 PM, while the ceremony was still going on.
Officials tracked the card and discovered surveillance video of a woman they believe is the Bridal Bandit (my term). They released images of the woman, which Tietz savvily decided to share on her Facebook account, hoping somebody would identify her.
The image has already received more than 1,700 shares, but nobody has been able to name the culprit. Just to be thorough, Tietz also uploaded the image to Instagram with the hashtag #LetsCatchAThief.
Do you know this woman? Finding her could help one blindsided bride finally get some closure on what should have been the happiest day of her life. More importantly, it could prevent this heinous criminal from ruining any more wedding days, and turning any more sweet, innocent women into vengeful bridezillas.