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Last night, Ailene Brown, 28, and Shmeco Thomas, 37, of Edmond, Oklahoma, were taken into police custody for allegedly shoplifting more than $2,600 worth of merchandise—three pairs of boots, three pairs of jeans, a wallet, and some gloves—from a local TJ Maxx.
The most ingenious and surprising part of their plan? To smuggle the clothes and boots out of the store, police say Brown and Thomas hid the items in their body fat—under their belly rolls, their breasts, and in their armpits.
This is a pretty disturbing and hilarious story all around, but we've got to give these women kudos for creativity.
Also, it got us thinking—how many fashion items do you think you could conceal in your body fat? Here at Racked, we might be able to get away with a Repetto ballet flat—or something along those lines—probably not a full-blown boot, though, and definitely not, say, an Ugg boot.
· Women accused of hiding merchandise in body fat [KFOR]
· Oklahoma women accused of smuggling stolen goods in body fat [NYDN]