SPOKANE, Wash. - A movie released twelve years ago was apparently the inspiration for a couple to crash someone else's wedding and steal their cards and cash.
But, ultimately, the reception's "selfie station" would be their undoing.
It's a lesson for any would-be crooks: If you're going to steal from a wedding, don't leave photographic evidence behind.
35 year-old Joshua Davies and 25 year-old Sierra Davies took a photo at that wedding last weekend, which helped the couple, and Spokane County Sheriff's deputies, track them down.
Over the weekend, Jeremy and Katie celebrated with their loved ones at the Mirabeau Park Hotel in Spokane Valley, but two people they'd never met were hiding in plain sight.
"Basically, we invited all of our close family and friends and there were a lot of people there and they just kind of blended in," explained Jeremy, who didn't want to give his last name.
Halfway through the night, they realized the box full of cards and money was gone. "We were looking all over," he said. "We thought maybe somebody pulled a prank, but turns out no, it was gone." The couple kept the party going, and tried not to let it ruin their special night.
On Tuesday, they went through their remaining gifts."[My wife] said, 'hey let's look at the album, look at everybody's pictures,'" Jeremy said. The couple had a "selfie station" set up at the party. People signed the guest book and left their pictures. Jeremy says the accused thieves signed that book using fake names.
"We love you both, wishing so much happiness to your family, love Ben and Chloe fox," the entry read.
Their picture was missing from the book, but Jeremy found it on his iPad.
The bride and groom uploaded that photo online, and let the sleuths of social media help them track down the couple's real identities.
"At that point it just blew up and everybody started telling us who they were," Jeremy said. The Spokane County Sheriff's Office found the pair at the Montvale Hotel in downtown Spokane.
The Sheriff's Office says detectives found what they believe to be some of the victims' stolen gifts, plus meth, heroin, scales, packaging used in drug sales, and a confession from Sierra.
The Sheriff's Office says Sierra Davies told law enforcement they got dropped off at Jack in the Box on Sullivan. With nothing to do, they decided to walk down the street to the hotel. That's when they came upon the reception. They decided to join in. She said they'd seen the movie Wedding Crashers and thought it would be funny to do.
"I've got to hand it to them, it was slick," Jeremy said. "I obviously didn't want it to happen to me, and I didn't want it to happen to anybody else, but the way they went about it was unreal."
Joshua and Sierra Davies are being held in jail for Theft 1st Degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver-Methamphetamine and Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver-Heroin. They each have a bond set at $35,000.
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