Southeast wedding crasher strikes again before Florence trial begins Monday
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - A suspected serial wedding crasher strikes again.
Let us refresh your memory on Sandra Henson.
Henson was indicted on theft charges in 2019 for allegedly stealing gifts and money from weddings in Florence and Tuscumbia.
But she’s been connected to more than a dozen thefts at weddings spanning three states: here in Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi.
One bride even reports she saw Henson at her wedding and said, “Who are you? Who do you know at this wedding?” and says Henson just smiled, waved and walked off.
Another bride from Mississippi saw a woman show up, walk into a private room and steal money from her purse. The bride later saw photos and Henson and knew it was the same woman.
Police records show in 2019, Henson was charged for stealing from weddings in Florence, Alabama.
“When you see her act, it is a polished professional. She has this down to a science,” said Anna Perez Todd.
Henson was arrested for larceny on April 7th, accused of walking into yet another wedding and ruining a couple’s big day.
“We felt kind of violated and we really felt shocked because we didn’t know that she had been doing this. I mean she’s from Mississippi and our wedding was in Athens, Alabama so it just really blew our minds that she drove that far to do that,” said Jenson Nicholson.
Jenson Nicholson is one bride who says Henson ruined her wedding in March of 2019.
“She is absolutely a professional. You know one of my friends caught her in the bridal suite and she claimed that she was using my hairspray when really she had stole all the cards and she was in there and got money out of my grandmothers purse and was fixing to hit the rest of ours but thank goodness she got interrupted,” said Nicholson.
Henson was also recorded on camera at Lee and Anna Perez Todd’s Florence wedding in 2019.
“It makes me angry because the court has given her mercy time, and time, and time again and she’s just flaunting that mercy and she doesn’t really care what she’s doing to others,” said Perez Todd.
She was charged with felony third-degree theft of property and fourth-degree theft of property, which is a misdemeanor.
She was released from the Lauderdale County Detention Facility in August 2019.
Her trial date for those charges is set for Monday in Florence.
Perez Todd and Nicholson said they want justice for their family and every other bride and groom.
“We want her to be stopped. We want her sentences to actually be stiff enough that it actually makes her stop victimizing brides and grooms and families on their sacred days,” said Perez Todd.
“Anything that they can do to where she can’t keep doing this because whatever they’ve done so far hasn’t worked. She’s kept doing it. She probably took a little break and then she got right back at it,” said Nicholson.
“She’s been doing this for a long time, spanning over several states. It’s disgusting,” said Drew Rush.
Rush claims Henson stole from his wedding in Jackson, Tennessee back in 2018.
“She was ordered to pay back the money, which she did, and she apologized to the judge and promised she wouldn’t do it again,” Rush explained.
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