Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Underwhere?! Drug suspect warns cops of criminals wearing underwear with hidden pockets
The NYPD is warning cops to be on the lookout for criminals wearing underwear with hidden pockets for their stash.
Police said Monday they learned about the invention during the bust of a Brooklyn marijuana suspect last month.
"It was found that many companies carry this type of underwear with a secret pocket for males and females," police said in an officer safety alert. "The arrested perpetrator gave information that drugs and weapons are being concealed in underwear that contains secret pockets."
Several companies make such undergarments, but the memo cites the $12 Pocket Boxer Briefs made by Stashitwear. The company's website shows a 2-liter bottle of Coca-Cola tucked into the 15-inch deep pocket.
There's also a demonstration of a wearer shoving money, two cigarettes, a cell phone, a wallet, a condom and a lighter, among other items, into the undies.
"I'm just trying to show you how big the pocket is," the demonstrator says, patting himself. "Can't even tell they're there. A thief would never know."
Company owner Phillip Scott did not respond to a request for comment, but he has said his targets are travelers looking to avoid getting ripped off - not drug dealers who want to hide their wares.
He said he got the idea after losing his wallet on a trip a few years ago.
The NYPD alert noted other companies are marketing similar garments, including the mind-boggling thongs with pockets.
Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne, the NYPD's top spokesman, said police have not found any criminals hiding contraband in their drawers since the alert went out.