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Groom chases thief: Man hunts down thief stealing cards, suspect caught at stop

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A groom chases a thief after the wedding burglar attempts to steal their marital gifts and service cards. Following a special ceremony where Jared Lightle of Kansas renewed his vows with his wife, the refreshed groom was surprised then angered to see someone groping around the gift table at their reception. News Max shares this Wednesday, July 2, 2014, that the suspect managed to lose Lightle in the ensuing chase, but was eventually captured and brought into police custody at a public stop for a traffic accident.

While enjoying his wedding vow renewal with his family, friends, and beloved bride Stephanie, groom Jared Lightle said that he was stunned to see a mysterious man loitering around the gift table. It turned out that the suspicious individual was in fact a thief trying to steal the couple’s numerous wedding renewal gifts and cards from the offering table. Apparently, however, the burglar underestimated his hosts, particularly the groom, who soon gave chase.

Before the robber could flee the Scottish Rite Temple in Joplin, Lightle’s mother sounded the alarm when she noticed that someone was taking the cards from the front desk. Lightle followed in hot pursuit, and saw the suspect — his hands were full of telltale wedding cards — before yelling at him to stop. That’s when the groom gave chase, as the suspect ran away in a full-out sprint.

“Stop! Thief! Stop," Lightle remembered saying.

Although he didn’t manage to personally bring the wedding burglar to justice, United Press International News confirms that the suspect was eventually caught and brought into custody. That very same Saturday afternoon, law enforcement officials looking into an accident at a traffic stop arrested the man. He has been identified as 31-year-old Rosario Caruso, originally of Lamar. Charges are still pending, but he is accused of resisting arrest from a law enforcement officer, trespassing during a private event, and minor larceny.

The runaway groom — not the usual kind, however — who gave chase said that he’s grateful the combined efforts of the police were able to apprehend the thief. He noted that having the suspect in custody provides a sense of fairness to the dealings and prevents him from ruining what would have been an ideal memory — that of a renewal of one couple’s marriage vows.

"If we hadn't caught the guy, it would have ended an otherwise perfect celebration on a very bitter note," Lightle noted.

Of course, there was a bit of a problem afterwards, even once all of the gift cards were retrieved. The happily married duo had to struggle discovering which particular items (including presents, gift cards, and cash) were given by which particular gift givers. But compared to what they could have lost, they are only too glad to make their way through the mismatched items. This will certainly be one memorable marriage tale for the children someday.

"I guess we're going to have a very unique wedding story to tell the rest of our lives," Lightle said.

In other surprising bride and groom news this week, a bride was forced to jump from a burning apartment building less than a week before her wedding night. She escaped the deadly blaze with only some burns on her hands, but the incident proved to be another harrowing marital experience that shows anything in life can sometimes threaten the bonds of love.

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