Florence Police have made an arrest in their “Wedding Crasher” case. Sandra Lynn Henson, 52, of Rienzi, MS turned herself in Thursday afternoon.
Police said Henson stole cards containing checks, cash and gift cards were stolen from the gift tables at two local weddings. She is charged with two counts of theft of property.
Florence Police Detective, Josh Hein, said the department was contacted by 12 people from Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. All of those people reported that Henson had been at their weddings and possibly stole things. They said they didn't know her or invite her to their weddings.
Police said Henson stole from two local weddings in Florence, but she hit up multiple others the same day. Police said she even ate with guest at one wedding and helped one groom's mother clean up after the wedding.
In June, Henson picked the wrong wedding to go to because she was caught on tape red-handed, according to police. She crashed Anna and Lee Todd's wedding. Their wedding was at First Christian Church in Florence.
"It was supposed to be one of the most special days in my entire life," said Anna Todd. "Her presence at what should have been one of the most beautiful happiest days of our lives her presence tainted that day."
Henson was caught on surveillance video taking $500 in cash, checks, and giftcards from the Todd wedding. Anna and her husband lee weren't going to keep any of the money they got for the wedding. Instead they were going to donate it to the FOXG1 Foundation because Anna's daughter, Aria, suffers from a rare genetic disorder and the foundation is fighting for a cure.
"For me the thing that really hurt is we were trying to raise money for the FOXG1 Foundation," said Todd.
Florence police said Henson admitted to stealing about $300 from another wedding in Florence that day and said she stole cards with cash and checks from Todd's wedding too. Police said when Henson opened the cards and saw the checks were made out to the FOXG1 Foundation, she threw everything away at a gas station.
"After that she felt bad and said I was going to take them back but I didn't want to get in trouble so she just tossed them in a trash can," said Det. Hein.
Hein said the video from the Todd wedding is what finally landed Henson behind bars.
"Without the video we probably wouldn't have solved this case at all," said Hein.
Todd said she and other victims of Henson's have started a support group. Police said in the other Florence cases, they couldn't prove Henson stole anything. Todd's glad Henson was caught but wants to see her face a serious sentence.
"I really hope the sentence she receives really takes into account how many crimes she's committed overall," said Todd.
Florence police said some of the possible victims had weddings out of their jurisdiction, so they directed them to contact their local police departments. Florence police believe Henson will face more charges from other police departments in the future.
Henson was taken to the Lauderdale County Detention Center and was released after she posted a $2,500 bond.