Sheriff: Hutchinson Island hotel employee stole couple's wedding gifts

A couple having a wedding at the Hutchinson Island Marriott found themselves missing a box full of cards guests had given them as presents.

A hotel employee at the time, Kenneth Stevens, took the cards and $1,400 worth of gifts, according to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

A friend of the bride and groom noticed a treasure box containing gifts missing during the reception on Feb. 17. The next day, many of the gift cards guests gave to the couple in those cards were spent local stores, an arrest report states.

Detectives followed the gift card receipt trail, which reportedly led them to Stevens. According to the report, Stevens was in charge of cleaning the bathrooms the night of the wedding and denied taking the cards.

Stevens, who lives in Port St. Lucie, was arrested in St. Lucie County on a warrant for grand theft on April 3. He was released on $7,500 bond.

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