Wanted Rochdale teenager caught hiding inside giant teddy bear

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Police officers became suspicious when they noticed the bear "breathing" Credit: MEN Media

A car thief was found by police hiding inside a giant teddy bear.

Joshua Dobson, 18, was wanted over the theft of a Mitsubishi ASX and for not paying for petrol on the same day.

Greater Manchester Police officers in Rochdale searched Dobson's home and saw a giant teddy bear in the corner.

They were surprised when they saw the bear "breathe" - and after examining it they found the 18-year-old was hiding inside.

Dobson was arrested and sentenced to nine months behind bars last week.

GMP Rochdale said the 18-year-old is now "stuffed behind bars" Credit: MEN Media

GMP Rochdale shared their finding on Facebook writing: "A wanted car thief who tried using a teddy bear to hide from our neighbourhood cops out looking for him last month has been put behind bars for nine months.

"Joshua Dobson, 18, from the Spotland area of the town, was sought by us after stealing a car in May and not paying for fuel that same day.

"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."

GMP added on Twitter: "Our neighbourhood task force and divisional tasking team in #Rochdale could bearly believe what they stumbled across last month in search for a wanted man...

Joshua Dobson, of Airhill Terrace, Rochdale, was sentenced to a total of 32 weeks in prison for a series of offences at Manchester Magistrates' Court last Friday, August 5.