Shoplifter found in the ceiling

Shoplifter found in the ceiling

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CHELSEA, Massachusetts (WHDH) – An accused shoplifter’s attempted escape didn’t work out like she’d hoped.

When workers confronted the would-be thief inside a Chelsea, Massachusetts Market Basket grocery store she took off she ended up in the store’s ceiling.

Store employees said they saw 26-year-old Laura Balm of Bedford putting items in her bag and trying to hide it underneath a shopping cart.

When Balm was confronted, she went to manager’s office. She apparently pulled a knife on the manager.

He managed to wrestle it away and that’s when she tried to escape through the roof.

“She looked like a spider woman,” said one witness.

“She had traveled throughout the whole structure just trying get away. She finally ended up stuck in basically a wall,” said Capt. Ed Buckley of the Chelsea Fire Department.

Balm was eventually arrested. She faces a number of charges including shoplifting and assault with a deadly weapon. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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