A newly-wedded Bridgnorth couple today spoke of their devastation after official photos of their special day were lost when a thief stole their photographer’s camera equipment.
Now the couple and the photographer have pleaded for the thief to return the camera’s memory card which contains the pictures.
The equipment worth more than £8,000, was stolen from Shropshire photographer Shaun Culliss at Pendrell Hall in Codsall Wood, South Staffordshire, while he was working on the wedding of Anna-Maria and Richard Jones.
Items stolen from Mr Culliss included his lenses, cameras, SD memory cards inside the cameras, a flashgun, adaptor, microphone, batteries and various camera accessories.
It happened at 4.30pm when a man entered the venue and took three bags and cases from a room on the ground floor. Cash was also taken.
The couple, Richard Jones, aged 40, who works as a civil servant, and Anna-Maria, 34, have been together for three years.
Mr Jones said: “We were made aware that the equipment had been taken during the reception. There were photographs on the camera where at times only Shaun was present with me and my wife.
“There were photos that no-one else got so there’s some very special moments that we’ve lost. I didn’t take it too well on the day but we still got married and had a good day.
“There was just a black cloud that hung over the day because of the events.”
The thief has been described as white, 5ft 7in tall and aged in his mid-20s. He was wearing tight blue jeans, a green, long-sleeved sweater, a blue baseball cap worn backwards and white trainers. He was also wearing glasses. He arrived and left in a silver Renault Megane, possibly with another person.
Mr Jones urged whoever stole the equipment to return it. He said: “I appreciate Shaun has lost a lot but these photos are priceless to us. I urge whoever stole them to return it. Even if the SD card is anonymously left somewhere.”
Mr Culliss, from Church Stretton, shared each of the items stolen on his Facebook page and said that he was ‘gutted’. He said: “It had taken me nearly six years to build up all the gear through slowly saving up.
“All the wedding pictures I had taken that day were on Sandisk 32GB extreme PRO SD cards inside the cameras. I just want the gear back, especially the memory cards with the wedding photos on.”
For a full list of items visit Shaun Culliss Photography on Facebook. Potential witnesses can call police on 101. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or at crimestoppers-uk.orgSubscribe to our Newsletter