Wedding thief steals from couple’s card box
By Brian Stanley email@example.com August 25, 2013 9:54PM
Jonic and Bryan Hines at their wedding on Aug. 3, 2013 | Supplied photo
Updated: September 27, 2013 6:03AM
Like most couples, Jonic and Bryan Hines had “a million things going on” during their wedding day.
Some things required less attention because the couple have been together 12 years, but their six children — 12-year-old twins, a 9-year-old, a 4-year-old and 8-month-old twins — more than offset that when it came to distractions.
The Hineses have lived in San Diego for several years but returned so 200 family members and close friends could attend the Aug. 3 ceremony at Refuge Mission UHCA in Joliet and a reception at the Mansard Room in Rockdale.
But when Jonic was returning some glasses she had borrowed two nights later, her aunt asked how she and Bryan liked the card she had given them.
“I said ‘Auntie, I don’t remember seeing a card from you,’ which upset her and me,” Jonic recalled.
When Jonic checked to see if she’d accidentally left it at a cousin’s house, she learned that another aunt had given a card she didn’t have either.
Jonic put a post on Facebook, asking who had brought cards and learned there were supposed to have been a lot more than the dozen she found in the box at the end of the night.
“And we’d had the card box in the back of the room and moved it to the front, and (based on arrival times) I think somebody might have gone (into the box) twice,” Jonic said.
With “only family and a few close friends” in attendance, Jonic is trying not to speculate on the thief’s identity, though she and Bryan are both very upset. They were planning to use the money for a trip to Hawaii.
“It’s very hurtful. We’re all the type of people who would give the shirt off our backs if someone needed something,” she said. “They didn’t just steal what we were getting, but what the rest of our family was giving.”
The couple did not report the theft to police.
“I don’t know what they could’ve done,” Jonic said.
Rockdale Police Chief Robert Dykstra said there have been no similar thefts reported at the Mansard Room.
Jonic has written about the incident on several wedding websites. She wants to remind other brides to ask someone who isn’t busy with the wedding party to keep an eye on the card box and consider getting one that locks.
“The saddest thing is I know that when I look back on my wedding 20 years from now, that’s what I’m going to remember about the day,” Jonic said.