A Lowell couple were supposed to be celebrating the happiest day of their lives when disaster struck — their rings and marriage license were stolen Sunday, just hours before their wedding ceremony, police said.

The bride, Iara Lima, 22, and the groom, Michael Gustafson, 24, went to a Central Street salon around 9 a.m., where Lima was getting her hair done, said Lowell Police Captain Kevin Staveley.

They said they left their locked car outside the salon, and around 10 a.m. found the items missing. The car had no signs of forced entry, Staveley said.

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Their wedding bands, which together cost over $1,000, a bracelet, earrings, and the marriage license were all missing from a bag in the back seat, Staveley said.

The couple did not report the incident until 6:45 p.m., when they flagged down a police car.

It turned out that Lowell police had responded to another theft from a car just down the street at 9:32 a.m. that morning. Staveley said.

“These are more of less crimes of opportunity,” Staveley said.

The police did not find any evidence from surveillance cameras, but are checking with local pawn shops for the stolen items, Staveley said.

If anyone has information about this crime they are urged to call 978-459-TIPS.