Canadian newlywed has her wedding dress STOLEN during honeymoon to crime-ridden Portland

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Canadian newlywed has her wedding dress STOLEN during honeymoon to crime-ridden Portland days after nuptials, with thieves also taking her husband’s blazer and couple’s passports

  • Abby Paterson and David De Leon were staying in Portland, Oregon for their ‘mini moon’ when brazen thieves stole their wedding attire and passports 
  • The couple got married last weekend in Napa, California and decided to stay in Portland while on a road trip back home to Vancouver, British Colombia 
  • Paterson and her husband found the window of their SUV completely shattered when they woke up the next day 
  • The thieves stole Paterson’s wedding dress, her husband’s $500 blazer, their passports and an Apple laptop  

A newlywed’s honeymoon was ruined after a brazen thief stole the couple’s wedding attire – including her dress  -and passports out of their car in crime-ridden Portland.

Abby Paterson and David De Leon were on their way back home to Vancouver, British Colombia when they decided to stay the night on Monday at the Worldmark Waterfront Hotel in downtown Portland for what they called a ‘mini-moon.’

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The couple had gotten married in Napa, California last weekend and decided to make an adventure of their ride back home. But the next day, the pair woke up to find their SUV window shattered.

‘I saw the window shattered, and I just, my stomach just sank,’ Paterson told KOIN news. ‘The heartbreak on our last day of our little mini-moon. It’s really upsetting that it essentially ruined our wedding weekend.’

Paterson’s wedding dress had been stolen, along with her husband’s about $500 blazer, their passports and an Apple laptop.

Homelessness and crime in Portland exploded over the past two years since the civil unrest brought about by the murder of George Floyd. 

Canadian newlywed has her wedding dress STOLEN during honeymoon to crime-ridden Portland

Abby Paterson (above) and David De Leon were staying in Portland, Oregon for their ‘mini moon’ when brazen thieves stole their wedding attire and passports

Paterson and her husband found the window of their SUV completely shattered when they woke up the next day

Paterson and her husband found the window of their SUV completely shattered when they woke up the next day

The thieves stole Paterson's wedding dress, her husband's $500 blazer, their passports and an Apple laptop

The thieves stole Paterson’s wedding dress, her husband’s $500 blazer, their passports and an Apple laptop

The couple stayed the night on Monday at the Worldmark Waterfront Hotel in downtown Portland for their 'mini-moon'

The couple stayed the night on Monday at the Worldmark Waterfront Hotel in downtown Portland for their ‘mini-moon’

Since the break-in occurred, Paterson said that several people have told her about the rampant crime in Portland that she was unaware of.

‘Just to whoever did it, like, it’s just so selfish. And, you know, if you need things, if you need resources, there are other ways,’ Paterson told the news outlet. ‘But just consider, you know, you’re ruining a whole lot more than just taking a possession.’ 

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Paterson said that she is trying to not let the theft steal the joy from her wedding weekend.  

‘You know, we are working very hard to not let that happen and to not let it overshadow things,’ she said.

Crime in the city has skyrocketed with Portland setting a record for murders last year with 90 homicides – shattering the previous high of 66. 

Police reported 66,227 property offenses between September 2021 to September 2022, including robbery and and burglary. 

Larceny offenses are leading in the crime wave with 28,883 reported between September of this year and last.  

Streets are now overrun with tent cities, littered with trash - and the issue is scaring away both locals and tourists

Streets are now overrun with tent cities, littered with trash – and the issue is scaring away both locals and tourists

A homeless man is seen next to tents, a shopping cart and stroller full of belongings and trash. Homeless encampments have been popping up along residential streets in several Portland neighborhoods

A homeless man is seen next to tents, a shopping cart and stroller full of belongings and trash. Homeless encampments have been popping up along residential streets in several Portland neighborhoods

Residents in Democrat-led Portland said earlier this month the escalating crime and homelessness is affecting their way of life and safety.

Portland currently has more than 700 homeless encampments across the city within less than 150 square miles, and the ordeal has also led to skyrocketing crime in the area. 

And some of the most charming, trendy and expensive neighborhoods of the Pacific Northwest city are now overrun with tent cities crowding residential sidewalks and littered with trash – and the issue is scaring away both locals and tourists. 

Portland City Council rushed to refund the police last November after defunding them more by more than $15 million in 2020. Officials voted to add $5.4 million to the force’s budget.

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When the police was defunded in 2020, the Portland Police Bureau suffered through a rash of retirements and resignations. 

Portland saw a dramatic increase in shootings and murders after Floyd’s death. The city saw a 250 percent increase in murders within the first six months of Floyd’s death and shootings rose almost 175 per cent.

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