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UPDATED: Wedding Guest Caught Stealing Newlyweds' Gifts, Say Police

The Saturday night incident happened at the West Sayville Country Club, according to police.

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.

Dick Johnson September 02, 2012 at 01:10 PM
What an absolute dirtbag !!! He must be from the jersey Shore, where dirtbags are a plenty...
NotWhoYouThinkIAm September 02, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Sayville is becoming quite the weird-crime hotspot. Reminds of FL. Haha.
PVL September 02, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Also carelessness on the Bride and Grooms part, what were they thinking. Either secure it out of site in maybe a car trunk or at least ask the manager to secure it. The LESSINGS Family run a good operation and I am sure they would try to accommodate the request. Furthermore who was the thief and why was he there.
SoMo September 04, 2012 at 12:52 AM
The groom should have beaten the crap out of him.
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