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Police Nab Woman at Byerly's with Stolen Liquor in Shorts

Police say Wanda Lynn Nunn stuffed three bottles of alcohol into her spandex shorts and tried to leave the liquor store without paying for them.

A Minneapolis woman has been charged with a felony after police say she was caught at the Golden Valley Byerly’s store with three bottles of liquor hidden in her spandex shorts.

Wanda Lynn Nunn, 49, is charged with possession of burglary or theft tools, which carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Nunn remained in the Hennepin County Jail Friday on a $10,000 bond. Her next court appearance is scheduled March 28 in Hennepin County District Court.

According to the criminal complaint, compiled by Golden Valley Police Officer Ryan Matthew, police were called to the Byerly’s liquor store at 5719 Duluth St. on March 20 on a shoplifting report.

Byerly’s employees told police that Nunn had hidden bottles of liquor under her dress and left the store. Employees stopped her and held her until police arrived.

Police were told that Nunn concealed three bottles of liquor worth almost $160 in her spandex shorts. Officers determined that Nunn had positioned the shorts below her waist in a “basket-like fashion” to hold the bottles; they said she pulled the shorts back up to her waist after the bottles were removed.

Nunn smelled strongly of alcohol when she was apprehended, police said.

Brad Kadue March 26, 2012 at 11:33 AM
How is shoplifting $160 worth of liquor a felony? I thought petty theft had to exceed something like $5,000 to rise to felony, is it because it was liquor?
Dale Urevig March 26, 2012 at 04:04 PM
maybe the felony was for wearing spandex shorts in public... :-P
Dale Urevig March 26, 2012 at 04:17 PM
actually it is her career so maybe violation of parole or violation of court order? or maybe the 33 strikes and you are out rule, Seriously...33! :-( http://www.mncourts.gov/publicaccess
Brad Kadue March 26, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Wow, no kidding! Thanks for the info, seems far more appropriate under those circumstances.
Fabuladico March 27, 2012 at 05:45 AM
Is it realy possible to hide anything in spandex shorts?
John Hoff November 10, 2013 at 11:40 AM
Why not provide a link to the original criminal complaint? The story was clearly written from info in the complaint so...why not publish the complaint and let readers have access to that info?

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