Thief wore a stolen onesie under clothes

Sainsbury's, Blackpool
Sainsbury's, Blackpool
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A woman who denied point-blank she had taken anything from a store was found wearing the furry polar bear onesie she had stolen under her own clothes.

Paula Manders told police she had changed into the onesie in the shop’s toilets because she wanted to stay warm while wandering about looking for her friend.

Manders, 42, of Blackpool Old Road, Poulton, pleaded guilty to theft.

She was given a 12 months conditional discharge and ordered to pay a £150 court charge with £15 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said a security guard at Sainsbury’s, Talbot Road, Blackpool, saw Manders acting suspiciously on November 19.

She took a number of clothes into the changing area and afterwards the security guard noticed a furry onesie was missing.

Manders had left the store but she was brought back and found to be wearing the stolen onesie.

She told police her head had been “all over the place” as she had problems at home.

Stephen Duffy, defending, said his client suffered from mental health difficulties, had been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and recently been the victim of domestic violence.