Update: Wedding photos returned after being stolen by porch pirate

Update: Wedding photos returned after being stolen by porch pirate

Updated: 3:35 p.m. on Jan. 7, 2020

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A newlywed's wedding photos that were stolen by a porch pirate Monday, have been returned. 

In a Facebook post, Aymee Blancovitch thanked everyone who spread the word, and confirmed that she had gotten the photo albums back. 

"I was completely in shock," she said. "Just the matter of fact that he -- it was the same person who grabbed them and it was -- they're in good condition."

Family members saw the man returning the photos and ran after him, but he got away. 

Police say they're still searching for the suspect.


Posted: 8:18 p.m. on Jan.6, 2020

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) - A porch pirate on Milwaukee’s south side took one family's cherished memories.

They made off with two wedding photo albums Monday, Jan. 6.

“We’ve been waiting a while for the pictures,” said Aymee Blancovitch, who got emotional talking about the theft.

“I’m a big photo person,” said Blancovitch, “pictures are very big for me.”

Aymee and her husband were married in the Dominican Republic in November. They waited two months for the pictures to arrive, but just as soon as they did, they were gone.

Aymee’s husband noticed the thief on their Ring doorbell camera and called Aymee at work. “He was like, they just got stolen, and I was like what do you mean?” said Aymee.

“We’re both at work so it’s like, we feel useless 'cause it’s like what can we do? There’s nothing we can do,” she said.

Not long after the package was delivered, a man can be seen coming onto the porch with a package already under his arm, and knocking on the door. Moments later he grabs their photos, and he’s gone.

“They are cherished memories because who knows when I’ll be able to travel like that, who knows when I’m going to have my family... my grandmas were there, my grandmas were very elderly,” said Blancovitch.

Aymee went to Facebook with the man’s photo, hoping someone can recognize him.

She can’t imagine someone would want wedding photos, especially because they have no value to anyone but the Blancovitch family.  “That’s the most frustrating part to me is like, I know they’re not going to do anything with it besides toss it, because why would they want pictures of people,” she said.

She contacted the photographer to see  how much it would cost to replace them. Her hope however, is that the thief gives them back.

“Having all those memories, all those times that we spent together is very big for me,” she said.

Blancovitch has little hope the thief will bring them back to the porch, but she hopes they drop them somewhere so she can get them back.

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