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UK police catch fugitive who tried to give them the slip by hiding in giant teddy bear


UK police catch fugitive who tried to give them the slip by hiding in giant teddy bear

A teenager on the run from UK police tried hiding in a large teddy bear but got caught when authorities found the toy was breathing. — Picture via Facebook/ GMP Rochdale

By Sylvia Looi

Thursday, 11 Aug 2022 12:57 PM MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 11 — A teenager who tried hiding in a giant teddy bear in a bid to escape from the police got caught eventually when authorities spotted the toy breathing.

Joshua Dobson had been evading the Greater Manchester Police since May after stealing a car and failing to pay for fuel, Daily Mail reported.

They eventually entered a property where they were greeted by a 1.5 meter teddy bear.

Initially the police had ignored the toy but did a double take when they noticed it was breathing.

A closer check found the 18-year-old was hiding in the toy.

The Manchester Magistrates’ Court sentenced Dobson to nine months in jail after he was found guilty of theft of a motor vehicle, driving while disqualified, and making off from a petrol station without payment.

In a post on Facebook, Rochdale Police said Dobson was now stuffed behind bars.

“Hopefully he has a bearable time inside,” it said.

Social media users described Dobson’s quick-thinking method as hilarious after details of the unusual incident were posted on social media.



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