Woman Pleads Guilty To Hiding Stolen Fur In Underwear

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (WCCO) — A 46-year-old woman pleaded guilty Monday to hiding a stolen mink coat in her underwear.

Stephanie Moreland was arrested New Year’s Eve by Bloomington Police after the Alaskan Fur Company reported a short mink coat was stolen by a woman who had been in the store and acting suspiciously.

Moreland pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft of property. Police say she hid the mink coat in her underwear for three days while being questioned by police in jail.

The coat was valued at $6,500.

According to police, a sales associate accused Moreland of taking the coat, but she denied it and took off. The sales associate took down Moreland’s license plate number and called police. When police located the car a short time later, they found the coat’s hanger but no coat.

They searched Moreland for weapons and booked her into jail for the weekend on possible theft charges. Three days later, a detective interviewed Moreland who admitted she stole the coat but claimed she had already sold it.

When the investigator informed Moreland he would be sending her to the Hennepin County Jail downtown, he was shocked when she lifted up her dress and pulled out the mink coat from her underwear.

“She had modified her underwear. She actually cut the rear of the underwear out so that from the back it appeared she was not wearing underwear and then stuffed it down the front,” said Bloomington Police Commander Mark Stehlik, at the time of the incident.

Moreland’s sentencing has been set for Aug. 8.

  • JOE


    • alex

      can’t touch that.

    • just curious

      does she look like Shrek or what????

  • Bill

    Do you think anyone wants that coat back?

    • Guy

      I doubt it. After sloshing around in there for 3 DAYS- yuk. NASTY.

    • Joanne Busby

      The coat was values at $6500.00… key word WAS

    • ScaryHerb

      Coat Back? Nope it will live the rest of its life in an evidence locker. I am more concerned that they searched her for weapons and didn’t find the coat. She must have one heck of a tummy fold to hide that! She is one woman who evidently can hide alot.

  • Chief Dolan

    I just vomited.

  • Ruth

    I’m trying to picture this: was it a small coat or big underwear? Too funny! This is a good laugh for a Monday.

    • Oh my

      Ruth, relatively speaking, like hiding a snowflake in Texas.

  • Terrio

    So Funny!!! I bet they don’t want the fur back!!

  • smellyhut

    They don’t sell enough detergent or perfume to recover that one. Ewwww.

  • designer_skidmark

    Too bad she didn’t stop at homes depot first andd put a hacksaw in there too. She could have cut the bars and escaped. As punishment they should used Stephanie as a decoy at the airport. Wonder if the TSa would have found it? Naaaah….

    • shesabiggun

      Not sure if the TSA would have discovered it but the fresh air machine would have gone bonkers once they closed the door!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wonder how many axe handles wide ??

  • Secret Weapon

    The Navy should have dropped Staphanie in Bin Laden’s hideout and saved the taxpayers some money. He would have jumped over the wall running if he saw her coming… Can you believe?

    • smells like trouble

      The heck with Bin Laden, Minnesota Mosquito Control could just take that coat and drop it in the center of the state. Every Mosquito in MN would head fo South Dakota and Wisconsin.

      • K Shaw

        The mosquito’s wouldn’t be the only thing running away from this thing.

  • Christian Wait

    Good thing it wasn’t bever fur.

  • amos

    maybe she mistook it for a Mirkin

    • CB


  • Stephneeds help

    It will never re-sell now with that hazardous materials sticker on it. Poor Mink… Does Peta know about this?

  • Wapners noseplug

    Bet you $50 the judge doesn’t ask her to approach the bench. Evidence will be submitted as a photo only! Can you imagine?

    • sides are hurting


      This is better than the Comedy Channel!!!!!!!!! Great stuff.

      • K Shaw

        Much, much better. I don’t know what’s more amusing, the story or the comments.

      • Chad

        You got that right


    BIG DRAWZ!!!!!

  • paab

    Even the look on her face! too funny.

  • Yuppers

    What’s she hidin in those Jawls? Anyone reported a Volwswagon missing?

  • ohoh

    What kind of a search did they do on this woman when she was arrested?
    Certrainly not a srtrip search!!

    • Noseplugs

      It happened on a Holiday and the Hazardous Materials Squad wasn’t available for the search. Tried the mechanical robot from the bomb squad but the arms weren’t long enough. In the report they even tried 4 different canine officers, but the dogs all ran away and jump back into the squads.

      • Guy

        Those poor dogs didn’t run away – they SUICIDED – bit their own throats out in disgust

        • Flickit

          I loled at the image of them trying to bite their own throats out

  • ed

    You know better than that. Be proud.

  • jan

    fur lined underwear, Victoria’s Secret might want to promote this product

  • Dale Gribble

    Normally, I’d feel the need to comment. What more can be said?

  • FreeJames

    In all seriousness, wouldn’t it be conidered animal cruelty to bring the canine dogs near her?

  • Kathie Gannon

    how much crack does it take to steal a fur coat!!!!!!!

    • K Shaw

      A V:ERY wide one…..Hehehehe.

      • Al Papas


  • Jake

    These comments just made my day. Too bad the pioneer press stopped their comments section. I’ll just leave it at that for now. LOL

  • Jeff "Gangsta" J

    Maybe she needed money for her college tuition……..


    • Whadupwichoo

      You mean Kollege tuition..

  • Murph

    Did they find my stolen Ford pick up in there too! I need it for work, if it don’t smell too bad!

  • Jake

    Hey, give the gal a break, how about some ‘critical thinking’ on this episode?
    At least her ‘idea’ was pretty original. I can’t think of a single person who
    would have come up with this. Keepin it REAAL.

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