A BUNGLING thief was caught out by the cheers of hundreds of onlookers after she stripped off in the window of Harvey Nichols in a bid to steal lingerie.
The woman dropped her clothes and put on a pinched bra and knickers before putting her togs back on over the top, cops said.
But she had no idea a packed crowd had gathered outside the department store in central Manchester and was watching her every move.
A pair of officers watched the charade unfold and nicked the woman after alerting the store.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “In a bizarre end to Manchester Day a short time ago a woman has allegedly stripped in Harvey Nichols, put lingerie on then put her clothes over the top in an attempt to steal said lingerie.
“I can only assume she did not know she was doing this in front of a 2nd floor window.
“Two of our officers attention was been drawn by hundreds of people cheering so they’ve looked up and seen this crime in progress, alerted the store and detained the woman.”
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