Florence police arrest alleged wedding crasher thief

Florence police arrest alleged wedding crasher thief

FLORENCE, Ala. (WAFF) - Florence police have arrested Sandra Lynn Henson of Rienzi, Mississippi for allegedly stealing wedding gifts from two weddings in north Alabama.

Investigators say what took so long is that they had to interview and investigate every victims story to make an arrest. That’s 12 victims total.

The key to the whole case was the church video surveillance that led them to Henson.

When Florence police announced they were searching for Henson back in June they told WAFF 48 News that Henson had crashed weddings looking for gifts to steal. In some cases they said she stayed for a few minutes, in other cases she stayed for two to three hours.

“I don’t know how she heard about our wedding, but I don’t, but she definitely was not an uninvited guest,” said one bride, Jenson Nicholson.

What was supposed to be a joyous day for many couples turned into a sad situation.

For months, investigators say Henson has made herself feel right at home at strangers' weddings.

Dining with the family and even helping clean up the reception afterward, while also getting away with money and gift cards.

Nicholson is one bride who says Henson ruined her wedding.

“Just to hear she got arrested, it’s a good feeling,” said Nicholson.

"I asked her several times over the phone and during the interview yesterday how knew about the weddings. She basically said she stumbled upon them.,” said Florence investigator Josh Heins.

Henson says she was strolling through Wilson Park, when she stumbled upon a wedding at First Christian Church.

That's where she was caught on surveillance video.

WAFF 48 News brought you the story of the couple - Anna and Lee Todd - who were taking donations to raise money to treat their daughter’s rare genetic disorder.

Anna Todd says she’s relieved Florence Police finally arrested the woman who stole from her baby girl.

"All of the cards she took from first Christian church she’s claiming she threw them all away at a gas station,” said Heins.

Authorities say Henson felt bad after realizing she was stealing from Anna's daughter.

"When she left, she opened them up in her car, realizing that one of the checks made out to the foundation after that she felt bad but didn’t want to get in trouble,” said Heins.

Henson turned herself in to Florence police Thursday. She was taken to the Lauderdale County Jail where she posted a $2,500 bond.

Henson is charged with two counts of theft of property.

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