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"Bridal Bandit" caught in Las Vegas

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A woman wanted for allegedly stealing from brides during wedding ceremonies in the San Diego and Riverside areas in recent months was behind bars Wednesday in Nevada, where she was arrested on suspicion of stealing a wallet at a church.

Denise Gunderson, who sometimes has gone by the name Denise Burns, was jailed Sunday in Las Vegas, according to San Diego County sheriff's Detective Lisa Jenkins.

Though the 50-year-old suspect allegedly lied about her identity, detectives soon discovered that she was wanted on various theft charges in Southern California, Jenkins said.

Between July and October, women getting married in San Diego and Riverside counties reported that their wallets had been stolen during their nuptials. Surveillance video captured images of Gunderson at several of the weddings, and also show her later using the victims' credit cards at stores, racking up thousands of dollars in illicit charges, Jenkins alleged.

Gunderson is expected to face charges of burglary, grand theft and identity theft. She is being held at Clark County Detention Center pending extradition to San Diego County for prosecution.

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