By Caroline Lowe, WCCO-TV

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (WCCO) — A female shoplifting suspect hid a stolen mink coat in her underwear while she was in jail for three days.

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.

One of the sales associates, Simona Storchak, confronted Moreland when she saw a $6500 coat was missing. She said Moreland denied having the coat and took off. Storchak wrote down the license plate on the woman’s car and called police.

When Bloomington officers located the car a short time later, they found a hanger from the store, but no coat. They searched her for weapons and booked her into their jail for the weekend on theft charges.

Three days later, a detective interviewed Moreland who admitted she stole the coat but claim 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.

Stehlik said the suspect, who is 46 years old, weighs about 270 pounds which helped make it easier for her to conceal the short jacket.

WCCO-TV’s Caroline Lowe Reports

Comments (66)
  1. Pate says:

    That’s an awful lot of trouble to modify one’s underwear.Gross that she stuffed it down there besides,obese or not! Ew!

  2. Barbara says:

    Yikes….what’ll they think of next? First the underwear bomber and now the underwear fur coat thief. Gives a whole new meaning to “bodacious booty”.

  3. Philo says:

    What a fricken pig!

  4. Bob says:

    I hope they don’t plan on restocking and selling the coat.

    1. Jay says:

      Oh you can bet your tail it’s right back on it’s hanger in that store.

      1. Cathy says:

        You can bet its locked up in police custody as evidence. A $6500. coat is a felony.

  5. Lachon Bison says:

    That coat is now going to have an extra stripe on the back… ewww…

  6. TJ says:

    Something smells “Fishy” here !!!!!!!!

  7. Dave says:

    She should have stolen pigskin gloves.

  8. ISH says:

    Couldn’t have stolen much. Certainly couldn’t be much room left in those underwear. But then, who would want something found down there.

  9. JustSayin says:

    It’s Big Momma IRL!

  10. hawkeyeter says:

    i bet a dead mink smelled better than that coat!!!!!

  11. Mr. F says:



  12. Tom says:

    Great comments you guys, i got my last laugh of the day! We need more humor like this at this bleak time of year!!

  13. WB says:

    Seriously, David S? Are you that ignorant to believe the mink used on that coat were skined alive? Wow! The intelligence of some people still amazes me.

  14. A says:

    Does this coat make my butt look big?….Officer?

  15. JV says:

    Hey bloomington how the hell cant you find a mink coat that sisters front side should feel like a brillo pad

  16. Don Arnold says:

    A little fur down there is alright, but that is excessive! Seriously though, they had better offer a heck of a good deal on that recovered coat once it’s back on the rack.

  17. BostonBob says:

    think after they sterilized and fumigated it’s found a use as a shammi at my local Mr. Wash Car wash place

  18. MandiT says:

    Let’s all pray it wasn’t from Costco with the liberal return policy they have ……. eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeew

  19. BigUn says:

    sounds to me like no one at the jail wanted to do a pat down for dangerous what-nots huh 😉
    new meaning to the word pig —- no more bacon ever for me

  20. ThomasD says:

    this might be the most disgusting and gross thing I have ever had a laugh at.
    boy oh boy — 270#. Almost big enough to enter the State Fair hog contest

  21. Ben Brat says:

    she gay?
    Read that we gayest city in US.
    they can ship her downtown

  22. Tommy says:

    Somewhere here she/he shehe got a messed up gene pool.
    No wonder they didn’t do much or a search ….. puuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuke

  23. red says:

    another laugh for the day, thank again for all the entertainment friends, but 3 days was it with a fur coat under your dress? That could not have been too comfortable.

  24. MJS says:

    If the TSA would have done the pat down, they would have found it! What I find interesting isn’t that she concealed it in her underwear, but that she concealed it for THREE DAYS in her underwear!

  25. Dave B says:

    If they looked a little closer they would have found that 100 lbs of crack to.

  26. Lee L. says:

    You could see that woman has 100 lbs of crack from low earth orbit, Dave.


    JAN 14TH 2011



    JAN 14TH 2011


  29. Nose plugs required says:

    I was told it is Free if one wants to frisk her to see if more is in hiding in her stash somewhere. I think you might have to unfold and peel back the layers and layers of fat but …… 😉

  30. Ben B. says:

    Do you realize she likely would have got away with it if she only had used a single brain cell and tossed that hanger with the name on it. They may have still initially arrested her but since they couldn’t/didn’t have any evidence at that time, nor even probable cause without that hanger, she would have walked on Day 3.
    So not just big, fat and all but STUPID.
    Hope the store had Stench and Rot Insurance. lol

  31. neil says:

    Another black criminal. She’d look really good in a mink coat. The coat will have to be burned after it was on her stinking, sweaty ass.

  32. Ms. Kitty says:

    Them had to be some big ass drawls. That’s just nasty! We know she couldn’t fit the coat, so who in the hell was buying a mink stank bomb from her stank tail! Just triflin. Filthy McNasty!

  33. J N says:

    Gives new meaning to the ancient art of “Fur Trapping”

  34. keith says:

    you could cut the coat in quarter inch squares and sell it as pest and human deterrent and make a bundle. i bet nbo one will break in your house with a patch of that over your door.

  35. JouBaur says:

    After three days, the mink coat rotted and fell apart.


    From the looks of her I bet they also found about 30lbs of crack in those unerwear

  37. Chocolate furrier says:

    She adds a new meaning to striped fur.

  38. dare says:

    People think things r funny about this matter they got all the jokes n the world i dont c nobody makin jokes about them ass cops who suppose 2 b so damn proffesional n what they do they missed that fur coat n they came up with a excuse y they missed they said wasnt no females on duty thats a lie they called 2 female officers 2 da scene n they did a search on moreland so people find sum else 2 joke about she did her part n she made them cops look stupid haha da joke is on the police u dummys

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