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.

Comments (86)
  1. JOE says:


    1. just curious says:

      does she look like Shrek or what????

    2. alex says:

      can’t touch that.

  2. Bill says:

    Do you think anyone wants that coat back?

    1. Guy says:

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

    2. Joanne Busby says:

      The coat was values at $6500.00… key word WAS

    3. ScaryHerb says:

      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.

  3. Chief Dolan says:

    I just vomited.

  4. Ruth says:

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

    1. Oh my says:

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

  5. Terrio says:

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

  6. smellyhut says:

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

  7. designer_skidmark says:

    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….

    1. shesabiggun says:

      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 ??

  8. Secret Weapon says:

    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?

    1. smells like trouble says:

      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.

      1. K Shaw says:

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

  9. Christian Wait says:

    Good thing it wasn’t bever fur.

  10. amos says:

    maybe she mistook it for a Mirkin

  11. Stephneeds help says:

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

  12. Wapners noseplug says:

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

    1. sides are hurting says:


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

      1. K Shaw says:

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

      2. Chad says:

        You got that right

  13. SHELDON says:

    BIG DRAWZ!!!!!

  14. paab says:

    Even the look on her face! too funny.

  15. Yuppers says:

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

  16. ohoh says:

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

    1. Noseplugs says:

      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.

      1. Guy says:

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

        1. Flickit says:

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

  17. ed says:

    You know better than that. Be proud.

  18. jan says:

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

  19. Dale Gribble says:

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

  20. FreeJames says:

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

  21. Kathie Gannon says:

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

    1. K Shaw says:

      A V:ERY wide one…..Hehehehe.

  22. Jake says:

    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

  23. Jeff "Gangsta" J says:

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


    1. Whadupwichoo says:

      You mean Kollege tuition..

  24. Murph says:

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

  25. Jake says:

    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.

  26. Brian Breese says:

    And just how did a fur coat enrich ‘our’ culture. Bad decision on her part but wuld it have been better if it were a package of chicken? Or just funnier?

  27. K Shaw says:

    Wow, it’s a..mazing what some people will do.
    After the thing was in her underwear for three days, that had to be one stinky Mink.

    This has got to be the funniest crime story that I’ve read in a long time. LOL

  28. Don Marx says:

    Really? Wow, and I thought I’d seen it all… not saying I would want to see this..NOPE NOT AT ALL!!!

  29. The Colonel says:

    We know one thing, it won’t be finger lickin good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. shesapiggy says:

    I’m just happy for the sake of all living creatures she wasn’t shoplifting a poodle or a skunk from a pet store. There wouldnt be enough tomato juice to rinse the smell. Every time the dog wanted to go home it would chase it’s tail.

    1. Guy says:

      A skunk would have improved HER smell…

  31. stonie says:

    hope this ends up on COPS . commercials alone should be great!!!

  32. Jane Doe says:

    I saw this headline on cnn and just had to come see how someone could possibly fit a mink coat in theier underwear. Pictures are worth 1000 words.

  33. guest says:

    Really?She represents the WHOLE black culture?

    Im white,does that mean I Invented the Klan?

    Racist Idiot

  34. Alana Kluck says:

    Is that a mink coat in your FUPA or are you just fat?

  35. Donna Sayles-Corbin says:

    They should book her on animal cruelty also! That mink was alive when she put it down there! I think I just threw up in my mouth!

  36. Missing punch line says:

    …but if you help me find my keys, we can drive out of here.

  37. zukeybadtouch says:

    Also recovered was a half-eaten Quizno’s sub, an iPad 2 (still in the box), a carton of Newports, and two ice cold bottles of Colt 45.

  38. MC HAMMER says:

    I bet that coat keep her nice and toasty warm!

  39. Crimewatch says:

    The Bloomington police need to enhance their booking/search procedure.
    Also, is this the same Stephanie Moreland with 8 previous felony convictions?
    ‘CCO owe’s its viewer’s a follow up on the police, Stephanie’s career choice,
    the Aug. 8th sentence and an ambush interview w/the prosecuting attorney.

  40. Drunken Dissed Orderly says:

    She’s still better looking than Michele Bachmann…

  41. we says:

    Is that a mink coat in your pants or are you just glad to see me!!!!!!!!!

  42. Bill says:

    Why wasn’t she searched before she was incarcerated?

    The police dropped the ball on this one. Someone should lose their job.

  43. hughglass says:

    I’m done buying stolen goods. Forever.

  44. June Kirkpatrick says:

    This story and the follow-up comments made me laugh – over and over. I’m going to give this scenario to my friend, a criminal defense attorney, and see how he would defend her. Can you imagine!? How would you?

  45. Jake says:

    Mink coat for sale…. HUGE DISCOUNT!!!!!!

  46. Sabine says:

    How fat is she that she can put a mink coat in her underwear and still appears not “out of shape”?? I bet even a skunk would not want that thing as bedsheet.

  47. venicementor says:

    Furries come in all shaped and sizes.