According to store staff, Ossington walked into the store and approached a sales associate, claiming that she was in the market for a baby crib for her newborn child. The associate, suspecting nothing out of the ordinary, led her to the baby furniture section of the store.Embed from Getty Images
Ossington reportedly approached a large sectional sofa and proceeded to wrap it in a blanket she pulled from under her shirt, claiming that it was her “baby.” She then attempted to walk out of the store holding the sofa, but was quickly apprehended by store security.
When questioned by police, Ossington claimed that she had recently lost her sofa in a losing hand of poker. She saw an opportunity to get a new one for free and decided to take it.
“I know it was wrong, but I was desperate,” Ossington said in a statement. “I lost my old sofa to someone in an online poker game. I needed somewhere to sit.”
The incident has left many in the community in shock and disbelief. “I’ve seen some crazy things in my time, but this takes the cake,” said local resident, Jennifer McMillan. “I’ve never heard of anyone betting their sofa in a game of poker. That’s Niagara for you, I guess.”Embed from Getty Images
The store, meanwhile, has issued a statement saying that they will be reviewing their security measures in light of the incident. “We take the safety and security of our customers and employees very seriously,” the statement read. “We are cooperating fully with the authorities and will take any necessary steps to prevent something like this from happening again.”
While Ossington’s actions may seem laughable, the consequences of her actions are no laughing matter. She now faces charges of theft, fraud, and child endangerment and is currently being held on $100,000 bail.