If you’ve just been to the local county fair and your hot crush just won you one of those huge novelty teddy bears at the ring toss booth, I have some horrifying news for you. It may contain a whole man who is hiding from the law! Such was the case in Manchester, England. A suspected thief was out of options when running from the law and thought maybe a giant bear would be his ticket to freedom. You can guess how this turned out.
Joshua Dobson had been on the police’s bad books after he had stolen a car in May. I guess he used that car to drive away to safety because, crazily enough, he managed to escape the cops’ clutches for months. His downfall, however, was brought about by a knock-off Winnie the Pooh. via HuffPo:
A suspected car thief in Manchester, England, apparently found the idea of being arrested unbearable ― so he reportedly attempted to hide inside a 5-foot teddy bear.
The 18-year-old has been wanted by Greater Manchester Police since May when he allegedly “stole a car and didn’t pay to fuel it up,” according to the BBC.
Dobson managed to elude capture until July when police were searching a house in Rochdale and noticed what a force spokesman described as “a large bear breathing.”
Dobson was taken into custody and charged with the alleged crimes. He was sentenced to nine months in a young offenders institution last week, according to the Metro.
With THESE gas prices, I can totally understand why the person who was robbed noted that Dobson didn’t pay to fuel it up. That adds at LEAST $200 more to the value of the theft! The cops announced their successful capture on Facebook and had a few choice words to say:
When we went to arrest him, our officers noticed a large bear breathing in the address before finding Dobson hidden inside!
He’s now stuffed behind bars after being sentenced last week for theft of a motor vehicle, driving while disqualified, and making off from a petrol station without payment.
Hopefully he has a bearable time inside…
I guess “proficient with puns” is part of the job requirements for a police officer in England. I think we can all agree that the poor bear is the real victim here. Imagine you’re just minding your own business and someone bursts into the door and rips you a new one. I hope part of Dobson’s community service is to make amends with those he’s harmed. First, give back the car and fill up the tank. Second, sew up and apologize to that teddy!