Wedding Rings Stolen From Hotel Room While Couple at Rehearsal Dinner

By Jeff Raasch, Reporter

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Hours before the couple was going to walk down the aisle, the bride-to-be had a startling realization.

The rings were missing.

Cedar Rapids police are investigating after rings for both the bride and groom were reportedly stolen from the bride’s hotel room while they were at their rehearsal dinner Friday. The rings, valued at $1,500, had been kept inside a suitcase in her room at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, according to a police report.

Despite the missing jewelry, Stacy Ireland, 25, and Nick Garlisch, 26, were married Saturday at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids. A reception was held back at the hotel.

Hotel General Manager Lee Belfield said he met with Ireland when she reported the missing rings around 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

“She’s got a wonderful attitude about it,” Belfield said. “In fact, her words were, ‘OK, they’re just rings, but it is my wedding day.’ I would be in a panic. I wouldn’t know what to do.”

Police Sgt. Cristy Hamblin said investigators were planning to use all available resources, including card access records and security camera footage, to find out what happened. No arrests had been made as of Tuesday.

According to the police report, the rings went missing sometime after 3 p.m. Friday. There were no signs of a break-in at the room.

Belfield said the hotel’s security team has been working with police, providing as much assistance as they can.

“We have extensive security cameras and an electronic lock system,” Belfield said. “We can and have queried the lock. You can’t say who went in the room by individual name, but you can identify the key that was used.”

There has been only one other instance of an item missing from a guest room at the two-year-old hotel, Belfield said. He said the person who reported it called the hotel later to say the item had turned up and had not been stolen. Belfield is hoping that will be the case with the wedding rings, as well.

Belfield said Ireland has been “very gracious” through the process.

“She has repeated every time I’ve spoken with her that she doesn’t want to accuse anybody of anything, but she really believes that’s where the rings were,” Belfield said. “We’ve proceeded under that presumption.”

The couple could not be reached for comment.
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