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Stephanie Moreland explains how she hid fur coat in underwear for three days

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BLOOMINGTON, MN (CNN / WCCO) -- A Minnesota woman caught on camera stealing a fur coat by hiding it in her underwear will spend the next two years in prison. Police say the woman spent three days in jail before handing over the coat. The coat went undetected by officers for days.

Video surveillance shows Stephanie Moreland inside the Alaskan Fur Company in Bloomington on New Year's Eve. She was in the market for a jacket. She just wasn't willing to pay for it.

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Cameras catch Moreland taking a $6,5000 mink fur and stuffing it under her skirt seconds before a clerk walks by. The worker is suspicious and stops her at the door. Mark Stehlik with Bloomington PD says, "Somehow she had modified her underwear and had it stuffed down the front of it but from the rear it didn't appear she had anything."

Police are called, they don't find the coat, but still make an arrest. Three days later, after the holiday weekend, a detective interviews her about the theft. Stehlik says, "Detectives had no idea it was on her at all."

At first, she lies about the mink fur by saying, "I sold the coat." But then police say she tries to use it as a way to avoid jail. Stehlik says, "That's when she made the decision to take the coat out and give it to him."

Moreland pulls the coat from her underpants and explains how she was able to walk out of the store. Stehlik says, "I'll tell you why they didn't check me, I pulled my pants down and they said you don't have on panties?"

She's now serving nearly two years in jail for a crime police will remember for a long time. Stehlik says, "I've never seen anything like this, no."

Police say part of the reason Moreland was able to hide the coat is because she is a large woman. And since a female officer wasn't available during the arrest, the policeman wasn't able to do a full search.

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