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Newlyweds Say Their Wedding Gifts Were Stolen From A Wedding Reception Venue - Was It Some Dishonest Wedding Guests, An Inside Theft or Are The Newlyweds Lying? Read The Full Story Here On TyingTheKnott.com Wedding News.
Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
Article By: Phillip Brunelle
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA -- The wedding day was perfect, until Virginia newlyweds discovered that many of their wedding gifts were stolen from their wedding reception venue last month.
The bride, Erin Zerbe, said that she and her husband returned to the Old Cavalier Hotel to pick up their wedding gifts the morning after their wedding, and this is when the newlyweds discovered many of their gifts and cards that guests left for them were gone.
"What was supposed to be a beautiful day ended up being tragic and quite sad," said Erin Zerbe. She said the hotel told her that the gifts would be locked in a room for safekeeping until the couple could pick them up. "The money is an issue, but it's not about the money. It really is about that the fact that somebody robbed us," said Erin Zerbe.
Assistant general manager of the Old Cavalier Hotel, Martino DeStefano, said that staff members from the wedding reception venue helped the couple load some of their gifts the morning after the wedding on November 19th, but he did not know what happened to the cards or if anything was even missing.
Martino DeStefano said that the hotel is cooperating with detectives and has notified its insurance company about the claim. Although it seems the management at the Old Cavalier Hotel is helping any way possible, the bride, Erin Zerbe, said that the hotel has not been helpful during this process at all.
Erin Zerbe said that repeated phone calls to the Old Cavalier Hotel were not returned. "As soon as this happened, we had to pretty much beg for returned phone calls. We had to threaten to call police." The venues management says this is not true, and they were the ones that suggested the bride called the police if there in fact had been a theft.
"They gave these gifts in good faith and now we have to ask them what they gave and how much they gave, and it puts us in really awkward and sad situation," said Erin Zerbe.
The newlyweds said that they estimate the stolen wedding gifts and money add up to about $10,000. Management at the Old Cavalier Hotel said they have never had any such claim at their wedding reception venue in the past. Virginia Beach Police are investigating the newlyweds claim, but have not identified any suspects in the case or any evidence to substantiate the theft, aside from the statements made by the bride, Erin Zerbe.
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