Eden Prairie, Minn. native Alicia Shuman owned her wedding dress for just a few minutes, before someone stole it from the back seat of her car. Now, she's without her custom dress before the August wedding. She said it was a smash and grab in a parking lot on Grand Avenue, and it happened in the span of just minutes that the dress was left unattended.
On Monday evening, Shuman said she had just picked up her custom dress from Wedding Shoppe, Inc. on Grand Avenue, placed it her car, then walked back inside the store for only 10 minutes. During this time, the crooks snatched her wedding dress in the parking lot next door, and took off. Shuman believes she had been followed.
"It's almost $2,000 dollars so it's an investment and it's something that's near and dear to my heart," she said.
Surveillance footage shows two men breaking into Shuman's car. Other than that, the images are too dark and it's hard to tell what the men look like. Shuman immediately searched eBay, Craigslist and called local consignment stores.
So far, the Allure floor-length, size 12 gown hasn't popped up. It's ivory and studded with rhinestones.
The wedding is scheduled for August in downtown Minneapolis, and it could take up to 6 months for her same dress to arrive, but her fiancee says the dress doesn't matter.
"Whatever I'm wearing, he told me that will be beautiful no matter what. He's an awesome guy," Shuman said.
Police are investigating, and thankfully, Shuman has insurance so the cost of the dress will be partially covered.