Wedding crashers get probation.
WORCESTER - Two women accused of crashing a pair of wedding receptions and stealing a total of $4,165 in gifts intended for the newlyweds were placed on probation and ordered to pay restitution after pleading guilty yesterday
in Worcester Superior Court.
Summer N. Igoe, 32, of 309 Providence Road, Grafton, and Jenna Desaro, 32, of 45 Lackey St., Westboro, were both indicted on larceny and conspiracy charges resulting from the theft of $3,340 in gifts from a May 21 wedding reception at Wachusett Country Club in West Boylston and $825 from a May 29 reception at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester.
Ms. Igoe and Ms. Desaro each pleaded guilty to two counts of larceny of property worth over $250 and a single count of conspiring to commit larceny of property worth more than $250. Judge James R. Lemire placed the two on probation for three years and ordered that they pay a total of $4,165 in restitution.
As further conditions of probation, Ms. Igoe and Ms. Desaro were ordered to remain drug and alcohol-free, to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and any related treatment deemed appropriate by the court and to have no contact with the victims.
The start of Ms. Igoe's sentence was stayed until Dec. 12 by Judge Lemire while her lawyer, Jaime Bennett, attempts to get her into an inpatient substance abuse treatment program. In the meantime, she will remain in custody without bail at Framingham state prison.
The sentences imposed by Judge Lemire were recommended by Assistant District Attorney Brett Dillon, Ms. Bennett and Ms. Desaro's lawyer, James J. Gribouski.
The victims of the May 21 theft, Benjamin and Michelle Sherblom, were in court for the pleas, but did not choose to make impact statements. The other victims, Michael and Wanda Turini, were unable to attend the court hearing, according to Mr. Dillon.
The prosecutor said both couples were primarily interested in recouping their financial losses but also wanted the court to know how embarrassing it was for them to have to ask their wedding guests how much money each had given as a gift so that the amount of the thefts could be determined.
Mr. Dillon said the theft from the Sherbloms' reception was not discovered until after the event was over. Police were notified and obtained surveillance videos, which showed one uninvited female guest, appropriately attired in a cocktail dress, checking out the box containing the wedding gifts.
The video later showed a second, similarly dressed woman walking off with the box, and the two wedding crashers driving off in a 2002 Toyota Highlander, the prosecutor said.
Police were called after Ms. Igoe was seen taking a purse at the May 29 reception, according to Mr. Dillon. The purse was returned and Ms. Igoe was asked to leave, he said. Ms. Desaro came and picked her up in a 2002 Toyota Highlander and investigators later determined from the surveillance videotape at the Beechwood Hotel that the two women were the same ones suspected of stealing money from the Sherbloms' reception, the assistant district attorney said.
Mr. Dillon told the court that Ms. Igoe and Ms. Desaro later confessed to police after a search warrant was executed as part of their investigation and items that included cocktail dresses and newlywed magazines were seized.
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|Publication:||Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)|
|Date:||Nov 29, 2011|
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