Thieves steal gifts during wedding speech

A wedding in Norway ended unhappily on Saturday after two uninvited guests made off with the the best of the wedding presents while the bride and groom were thanking kitchen staff for the food.

Thieves steal gifts during wedding speech
Cutlery from the Hardanger Bestikk brand, some of which was stolen from the wedding. Photo: Hardanger Bestikk
Lene Marie Lågeide (24) and Terje Djuvik (26) had invited 80 guests to their wedding at the village hall in Bryggja on the shores of the picturesque Nordfjord, north of Bergen. 
It had been a memorable day, but while the waiters and other staff were distracted, two men snuck in and stole several wedding presents, including valuable silver cutlery made by the local tableware manufacturer Hardanger bestikk.  
“It is so outrageously out-of-order,” Lene Marie Lågeide told the local Fjordenes Tidende newspaper. “It was our day and something we had planned for over a year, and then they came and took all the shine and attention away. That’s what hurts.” 
The thieves were interrupted in the middle of the act by a guest who had gone to the toilet during the speeches.
But they nonetheless managed to make their escape in a silver Audi getaway car parked outside, where several accomplices were waiting for them. 
“This is a terrible thing to have done,” Tormod Hvattum, from the local police, told Dagbladet.
He said the two men who took the gifts spoke with the local Nordfjord dialect and had been seen by several of the guests.
The not-so-happy couple left on Tuesday for their honeymoon in Turkey. 
“It’s good for them to get away a bit after a weekend loaded with such emotion in both directions,” the father Magne Lågeide fold Dagbladet. 
He said that his daughter was relieved that a tablecloth which her grandmother had spent months embroidering in a traditional Hardanger style had not been among the gifts stolen. 

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