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Wanted felon finds 6-foot teddy bear doesn't provide adequate cover from the cops

TACOMA, Wash. -- Large teddy bears are great for cuddling, but not great for, you know, hiding fugitives.

Deputies went to a home on 28th Ave. E in Tacoma Thursday to check for a man wanted on a felony warrant, Pierce County Sheriff's officials said. As they got to the home, they were told the man was inside, but at first search, the deputies didn't find their suspect.

What they did spy was a 6-foot teddy bear in the corner of a bedroom--- and eventually found their suspect hiding behind the bear, deputies said. After the man refused to come out, the deputies went in and forcefully arrested their suspect.

A search of the bedroom found numerous used syringes, a bag of prescription pills and heroin, deputies said. A loaded gun was also found in the man's jacket. Deputies said the gun was determined to have been stolen during a car prowl at a Puyallup repair shop in December.

The 32-year-old man has since been booked into the Pierce County Jail for investigation of a number of offenses in addition to his felony warrant, including unlawful possession of a firearm, possessing stolen property, drug violations and resisting arrest, deputies said.

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