A lady in Florida has been arrested following a daring try to evade seize for allegedly shoplifting by hiding within the retailer’s ceiling for a number of hours.
Kristina Perkins, 37, of North Fort Myers, was arrested after police had been known as to the Big Lots retailer on Thursday, October 3.
Deputies from the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office mentioned they had been known as to the scene at round 7:31 p.m. after the supervisor reported a feminine shoplifter.
The suspect had allegedly been within the retailer for a number of hours and had gone into the ladies’s restroom with a purchasing cart full of things. When the supervisor tried to enter the restroom to verify in on Perkins, a number of rubbish cans had been discovered to be in place blocking the door.
The supervisor then advised Perkins that the authorities had been knowledgeable and so they had been on their approach.
When the suspect nonetheless didn’t emerge from the toilet, the supervisor pressured their approach in and seen a number of ceiling tiles had been lacking and Perkins was nowhere to be seen.
When police arrived on the scene, they had been capable of make visible contact with Perkins whereas she was within the ceiling by eradicating sure tiles. However, she refused instructions to surrender and are available down and continued to maneuver across the ceiling house to try to evade seize.
As nicely as a number of deputies from the police division, officers from the Charlotte County Fire Department and Charlotte County Facilities assisted with the operation, which concerned utilizing ladders and thermal imaging techniques.
“Big Lots was evacuated due to the danger of Perkins falling through the ceiling,” the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office mentioned in a press release. “Over the course of several hours, a systematic search of the ceiling was completed.”
During the search, the suspect’s bag was situated. Inside officers discovered three syringes and a spoon with white residue that later examined optimistic for morphine.
The search ultimately ended at round 12:20 a.m., however one deputy remained on the scene for surveillance. Around one hour and 20 minutes later, Perkins ultimately exited the ceiling and climbed down a stack of cabinets, the place she was arrested.
Perkins was later charged with felony felony mischief, petit theft (third offense, felony), possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting a service provider, and resisting regulation enforcement with out violence.
The Big Lots retailer sustained vital injury in the course of the stand-off to their ceiling, duct work, and dry wall. The retailer will stay closed till the injury has been absolutely repaired.