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Crashers!

Regas Chefas , May 31, 2007; 09:08 p.m.

Hi All,

I searched but didn't really find this quesiton so here goes...

I did a wedding last weekend. It was a unique venue and the B&G LOVED the pictures. I ran into the bride yesterday though and she said that some wedding crashers had attended. If it had just been some free beer and food, probably not a big deal, but there were several wedding cards with cash in them stolen and these dopes wrote obscenities in their album.

I happened to have some pictures of the two lowlifes in question (pending confirmation with some other witnesses). So my question is: Have any of you ever been in this situation and given your photos to the authorities and did they investigate/prosecute the miscreants?

I'm interested if the police found this to be a priority or just treated it like a prank.

BTW the wedding images can be found here if you're interested:

http://studioalameda.smugmug.com/gallery/2889930

Thanks!

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Bob Donlon - Albany, NY , May 31, 2007; 09:15 p.m.

I know of a local photog and video person this happened to a few years ago. Someone was having a wedding a local place that does a lot of weddings, and someone managed to get into the room where the reception was taking place and took ALL of the envelopes, not much cash, mostly checks, but still some cash.

In a very fortunate chain of events, both the photo and video, unknowingly, caught the people on their respective mediums as background material. Upon hearing the situation, the both checked their materials and found video and photo evidence of what was going on and who they were. Both handed over copies of the material so the B/G were able to recover some of the stuff, but the druggy managed to cash some of the stuff and used it on crack.

My suggestion, if the police or B/G ask for material, let them have it.

Stefanie Pletscher , May 31, 2007; 09:36 p.m.

I don't have much to comment on the situation, my best advice would be go with it if you get asked for the photos.

Your photos are great though, I love the wide angle shots with the plane. One critique I do have though is that your sepia's are way too saturated. I prefer sepias to be a bit more subtle.

Ken Kartes , May 31, 2007; 09:46 p.m.

Why wait to be asked?

Lauren M. - North Shore, MA , May 31, 2007; 10:20 p.m.

Regas, was the reception also on the base? I'd imagine that would narrow the search for police as they would know who was on base at the time. I would hope they wouldn't treat it like a prank. It's stealing.

Nadine Ohara - SF Bay Area/CA , May 31, 2007; 10:30 p.m.

I wouldn't wait to be asked, I'd offer them to the couple right away and let them decide if they wanted to take it up with the authorities. Sadly, I doubt that the police will do much on the case if the couple presents it. I had a case full of gear stolen at a wedding reception at a local hotel and the thief was caught on the hotel security video. The police have neither the time or money to follow up on this level of crime.

Regas Chefas , May 31, 2007; 10:33 p.m.

I realize in reading my question again that I might have given the impression I'm wondering whether to hand over the photos. That is not the case. Oh yeah, I'm ready willing and able to give them the photos. Absolutely. Eager to, in fact.

I'm waiting only confirmation that those are the characters from the B/G and then they'll have them.

My question was more looking for situations where photogs had done this and hopefully the police acted on it and caught the bad guys.

Stefanie - Thanks for the feedback! I like the sepia a little less saturated as well for on- screen, but I have found that less-saturated sepias come out a little muddy in print. Also, because it was a 'vintage' wedding, I wanted a more authentic sepia feel.

Lauren - The reception was on the base, but unfortunately it's a private base and museum now so there was no security. But there was a newspaper write-up on the wedding in a local small town and we figure the perps came from there, so they shouldn't be very hard to find.

Thanks!

Lauren M. - North Shore, MA , May 31, 2007; 11:10 p.m.

PS - I liked your sepia and the whole set of shots as well. neat wedding!

Nancy Stock , Jun 01, 2007; 08:09 a.m.

I would turn 'em in, especially after reading Bob's response. Don't wait. Give the information out. No different if they stole the B&G's wedding envelopes of the photographer's photo equipment, lap top etc. Theft is theft.

I have NO USE for drug addicts and everything they do (stealing, lying, cheating etc.) and I have no use for thieves, liars and cheats even without drugs involved.

Send 'em all to the "gray bar hotel" and be sure to put 'em in a cell with a big, burly, lifer!

Steve Levine , Jun 01, 2007; 08:13 a.m.

In 2005, a pair of crashers assaulted a bride at a local hotel in Poughkeepsie, NY. The young men were guests at another wedding in the bldg. When they decided to try the hors devours at the cocktail hour next door, the bride confronted them, and asked who they were.

For her curiosity, she was repeatedly punched in her head. She was not seriously injured, but the ensuing multi-wedding riot, caused several people to be hospitalized, and arrested, and closed down both weddings.


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