This story was updated Monday to include information regarding the alleged thief and insight from the catering hall.
A wedding guest nearly got away with all a newly-married couple's bounty at a West Sayville catering hall but was snagged by an alert maitre d' and apprehended by several fellow guests, according to Suffolk Police.
Omar Santiago, a New Jersey 18-year-old, was spotted in the coat room at the West Sayville Country Club with a white box containing the gift envelopes given to a bride and room at a reception event Saturday night, according to police.
When Santiago realized he had been spotted he then ran into a men's room and tried to hide the gift envelopes in his clothes, according to the police report, and then attempted to leave the catering facility.
Police said Santiago was then pursued by several other wedding guests and caught a short distance from the building and held until police arrived.
Santiago was arrested and is charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree. He will be arraigned Sunday at First District Court Central Islip.
According to a New York Times report, Santiago was the guest of the groom's niece and the groom, Lawrence Williamson, was the one who apprehended Santiago in woods near the catering hall's parking lot.
The newly married couple, both of Central Islip, recovered their wedding bounty, said police.
The catering hall told the Times it was the first time any such kind of incident had happened during a wedding celebration.