Newlyweds Chris and Emma Cox spent their wedding night with lovers in Florida, but without knowing that a thief was planning to steal no less than $ 5,000 in wedding gifts.
Surveillance images of their location, The Pavilion at Mixon Farms in Bradenton, show an unknown woman who drives into the parking lot with a silver Ford Explorer and waits almost two hours.
Emma told ABC Action News that her father was loading gifts in her husband's truck outside the location.
Chris and Emma Cox (photo) enjoyed their wedding night on November 2 when an unknown woman stole their wedding presents
The items include a solid gray cooler bag full of extra clothing, Emma & # 39; s wedding heels, the couple's wedding license, and money.
At some point her father returns to get food and cake.
Then the woman makes her move.
Shown: Guard images from the pavilion at Mixon Farms in Bradenton, Florida, showing that the thief is heading toward Chris Cox's car
The woman gets out of her car, goes straight to Chris & # 39; s truck and walks away with the cool bag in hand.
Emma said: & # 39; It was in a gray cooler bag, so it's not a suspicious bag, like it's a cooler bag that you put food in, but she knew exactly where to go. & # 39;
& # 39; (She) didn't look for anything else in the car, didn't go through someone else's doors, just went exactly where it was in that car and that door. & # 39;
The stole a gray cooler bag full of different items, including a whopping $ 5,000 and the couple's marriage certificate
Only a handful of people, except Emma's father, knew that the card and the money were in Chris's car.
Emma noticed for the first time that the cooler bag was missing when she wanted to change her dress on Saturday night, but decided not to cause a commotion on her wedding night.
The couple planned to visit Siesta Key Beach the day after their wedding, but were forced to leave their Airbnb and filed a police report with the local authorities.
Emma said: & # 39; We wanted to enjoy our first wedding anniversary, but the only thing we could think of was that someone wanted to hurt us. It triggered a kind of cloud over our first wedding anniversary. & # 39;
The couple believed it was a job inside.
& # 39; If you watch the video, someone on the street would probably say it was a job on the inside, & # 39; Chris said.
& # 39; This looked intentional and planned and the timing was perfect. This person is probably broken and hurts after something, and I would have liked to have been able to help that person if he had asked. & # 39;
50 security cameras in The Pavilion at Mixon Farms (photo) caught the thief in action on Saturday
Brandy Harlan, the wedding coordinator and marketing director of the location, also thinks the theft was from the inside.
Harlan says the location has served thousands of guests and something like this has never happened before.
She told me Tampa Bay Times: & # 39; Every card was stolen from their wedding, and it happened in a few minutes. & # 39;
The Cox & # 39; s (photo) shared a video about their situation on Facebook and said: & pray with us that this person finds a place in his heart to return the bag he has stolen and everything in it & # 39;
# Based on the images I would say no younger than 30, no older than 50, 55 appearance. She went absolutely fast. & # 39;
The Cox & # 39; s didn't have a chance to count the money together, but think the gifts from the 166 guests total between $ 3,000 and $ 5,000.
Images from 50 on-site security cameras show the license plate of the car and Harlan believes this will help the office of the Sheriff's Manatee County to crack the case.
In the meantime, Harlan has posted a video on the site's Facebook page asking users to share the surveillance footage, and the couple discussed the situation on their travel blog.
& # 39; Hopefully we can catch the person who clearly struggles and hurts, & # 39; Chris said in a video.
& # 39; If you could, just pray with us that this person finds a place in their heart to return the bag they stole and everything in it. & # 39;
A family member has set up a GoFundMe page for Emma (left) and Chris (right) so that they can recover part of their losses
Emma said: & # 39; If she came forward and gave us our stuff back and really regretted it, I would thank her. & # 39;
Chris's sister has set up a GoFundMe page to help newlyweds to recover some of their losses.
The location is still scrolling through security images to capture the perpetrator and the couple is trying to stay optimistic.
They make plans to go to the local courthouse to finalize their marriage and get a new marriage certificate.
Emma said: & # 39; We are still married, we want to make it official for the state of Florida. Life goes on & # 39;
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